Do you feel like your teeth look too short in your mouth? If so, crown lengthening may be a good option for you.
There are many reasons you might want to pursue this simple procedure, ranging from cosmetic preferences to dental concerns. Regardless of the reason that you pursue this option, we can help.
Cosmetic Reasons for Crown Lengthening
Cosmetic smile enhancement is one of the main reasons that you might pursue crown lengthening. This procedure can correct an uneven smile that occurs when there are varying levels of gum tissue attached to each tooth. Even straight teeth can look unappealing with an uneven gum arch but contouring the gums to create a straighter border with crown lengthening can help.
Saving a Tooth
Another reason you might want to pursue crown lengthening is to save a tooth that may otherwise require removal. For example, if a tooth breaks near the gum line, crown lengthening can remove excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth. This may make more of the tooth structure available to support a crown. Ultimately, crown lengthening can save you from dealing with extraction, tooth replacement, and any other costs.
Sealing Gum Tissue
In some cases, crown lengthening might also be recommended to seal gum tissue in place at the base of a tooth. This is especially important if you have a new crown put into place and the gums don't fully attach to the new tooth. Sealing the gum tissue to the crown will prevent bacteria from penetrating under the gum line, and it can ultimately decrease your risk of developing gum disease later.
Are you interested in crown lengthening as a way to improve the appearance of your smile or boost your oral health? If so, give our office a call to learn more about our services.