Crown lengthening is a method of removing periodontal tissue to expose the tooth below. This can be very helpful if you have a gummy smile. When excess gum tissue hides a significant portion of your tooth surface, it can cause your teeth to look short and unattractive. Drs. Meester and Olafsen can trim away excess tissue and contour your gums for an even, wider smile. Crown lengthening can also protect teeth from decay by making more of the tooth surface accessible for brushing.
Beyond esthetics, crown lengthening procedures are also incorporated into tooth restoration treatments when a tooth has been broken or has decayed beneath the gum line. To prepare the tooth structure for a crown or a bridge, Drs. Meester and Olafsen will surgically access the tooth through the gums. This also affords them the opportunity to provide space between the new dental crown and the bone, if necessary.