Our office specializes in periodontal procedures which serve as the foundation for beautiful and long-lasting restorative procedures. You may have asked our doctors about procedures to improve a “gummy” smile because your teeth appear short.  Your teeth may actually be the proper length, but they are covered with too much gum tissue.  To correct this, our doctors perform a procedure called esthetic crown lengthening.

Cosmetic or esthetic crown lengthening periodontal procedures are oral plastic surgical procedures and are available to lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry and improve the appearance or esthetics of your gumline.

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.  This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.

In many cases of dental decay, tooth fracture, or even in instances where an individual has "short" teeth, a crown lengthening procedure will allow your restorative dentist to properly construct an esthetic and functional crown, bridge, or restoration.

Functional crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that recontours the gum tissue and often the underlying bone surrounding one or more teeth so that an adequate amount of healthy tooth is exposed.  Crown lengthening is often used as part of a treatment plan for a tooth that is to be fitted with a crown.  This procedure provides the necessary space between the supporting bone and crown, preventing the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone. 

Functional crown lengthening is an important part of an integrated effort to optimize your health, appearance, comfort and function.