Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that recontours the gum and the bone around the tooth, and may be performed for functional or esthetic concerns.
If a tooth has been fractured, and the break is below the gum, crown lengthening may be required to gain access to enough adequate tooth structure to place a restoration, crown (or cap). Without surgical exposure to adjust the necessary bone level, your tooth may not restorable.
Esthetic concerns of patients can also be addressed by surgically reshaping the gums. Gum procedures generally do not involve bone and can sometimes be performed by using a laser. This is an ideal procedure for patients who have uneven gums. Gums at varying levels often make a patient’s teeth look irregular, but reshaping the tissue symmetrically produces the appearance of uniform teeth.
The same procedure can be used for patients who have a “gummy” smile, which makes their teeth appear short.
Surgical enhancement may not be the only requirement to make front teeth appear longer and to achieve your desired outcome, crowns or veneers may be necessary. Dr. Murphy will evaluate and measure your gums and discuss your options.