Crown Lengthening

Crown Lengthening For Restorative Purposes

Crown lengthening is a procedure to increase the amount of tooth extending from the gum line. This procedure is required to increase the amount of tooth so that a new crown or restoration can be placed. Crown lengthening is often needed where there is a crack, tooth decay, resorption, or extreme wear. Crown lengthening is a necessary step to ensure that the final restoration fits appropriately or to avoid the gum problems that can occur when restorations extend deeply under the gum line. Following the crown lengthening procedure patients usually wait six to twelve weeks before proceeding with the final restoration.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Esthetic crown lengthening is an elective procedure to increase the amount of tooth that extends from the gum line. Crown lengthening is sometimes performed so that the teeth can be made to look longer and to minimize what some people refer to as a “gummy smile”. When crown lengthening is performed, some bone and gum tissue is removed around the tooth to increase the amount of crown exposure. This procedure often times improves tooth dimension and makes a smile look more vibrant and lifelike.

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For more information about regeneration, please see the following source:

American Academy of Periodontology