What is Crown Lengthening?
As most of us mature, our teeth continue to “erupt” through the gums until most of the crown (enamel) of the tooth is exposed. In some cases, however, the eruption stops short, leaving people with more gum than teeth in their smiles.
Very often, the solution is simply a case of removing some gum tissue, or moving the gum tissue (and possibly a small amount of bone) into its proper position, which results in a smile full of teeth. The procedure also improves the biological harmony between teeth, gums, and lips, helping to keep them healthy.
Crown Lengthening and Dental Restorations
The visible part of the tooth is called the clinical crown, so this procedure is called crown lengthening. In some cases, crown lengthening is a precursor to placing restorations that improve the color or alignment of your teeth. If that’s the case, the new gum line is allowed to mature before the final restorations are placed.
When should I check into recontouring areas of my gums?
- If your dentist refers you prior to placing a filling or crown.
- If you feel that you display excessive gum tissue when you smile.
- If you feel your teeth have a square appearance.
- If you’ve completed orthodontic therapy and you have excess tissue around your teeth.