Crown lengthening can enhance the esthetics of your smile. It can create a more even gum line or make your teeth appear longer. It can also make some dental procedures, like crowns or bridges, possible by providing more tooth structure for the crown or bridge to rest upon. When crown lengthening is recommended for a large cavity or broken tooth, it usually means the tooth can not be restored or saved with out more tooth being exposed, so the bone and gumline is reduced to expose more solid tooth structure. Crown lengthening can also result in less gum irritation from an existing filling or crown that is too deep under the gum line.
Procedures to improve a “gummy” smile, where your teeth appear short when smiling. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they are covered with too much gum tissue. You might also have an uneven gum line that detracts from the esthetics of your smile. In both these cases, your General dentist or Periodontist can perform crown lengthening to enhance your smile. When crown lengthening is done to enhance the esthetics of your smile, it is called “ esthetic crown lengthening”.