Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure in which gingival tissue alone or gingival tissue and bone is recontoured or removed to expose more tooth structure than was previously visible.  This procedure can be functional in nature, exposing more tooth to expose decay for a restoration, or to add to the length of a tooth to enhance retention of a crown.

This procedure can also be used for cosmetic enhancement when the teeth look too short because of excess coverage by the gingiva.  Crown lengthening can be performed to correct this situation and expose more tooth structure, sculpting the gum line to create a more pleasing proportion between gum and tooth resulting in a more balanced smile.

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