A tooth that is broken or decayed below the gum line is difficult if not impossible for your dentist to restore properly. If enough space is not present, the filling or cap could trap bacteria, leading to both bone loss and/or the return of decay. Crown Lengthening is a simple surgical procedure in which your periodontist adjusts the position of the gum around the affected tooth, thereby providing more tooth exposure for your dentist to anchor the restoration of choice. A functional crown lengthening will help you regain a beautiful smile and allow you to eat and speak with comfort and confidence.
A purely esthetic crown lengthening procedure to correct a “gummy” smile or short teeth is referred to as cosmetic Gum Contouring.