In cases where the decay occurs below the gum line, it may be necessary to remove some bone and gum tissue. Depending on your dentist, this procedure may be performed before he or she makes a new crown for your tooth.
Crown lengthening procedures are done both in restorative dentistry and/or to improve the aesthetics of your gum line. General practitioners often refer patients for crown lengthening procedures prior to the restoration of broken or severely decayed teeth. This procedure adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
Crown lengthening is can be done for both restorative and cosmetic reasons. General dentist may recommend crown lengthening to patients before the restoration of a broken or severely decayed tooth. The aim of this is to expose more of the tooth so that it can be restored. The procedure adjusts the gum and bone level.
Crown lengthening can also be used to correct a smile where there is too much of the gum exposed. This causes the teeth to appear short, also called a “gummy” smile. While the teeth may be the correct length, it may appear small because there is excessive gum tissue covering the teeth. Excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to reduce the “gummy” smile and leave more natural looking teeth.