What Is Crown Lengthening And Is It Right For You?
Posted on 7/27/2020 by Arletta, Office Manager
Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their own skin. If you, like many others, are looking to find your healthiest smile, crown lengthening may be the option you have been searching for.
What is Crown Lengthening?
Your crown is the visible part of the tooth that is covered by enamel. 'Crown' is also the name for the tooth-shaped cap that is used to complete such dental procedures as root canals or dental implants by fitting over an implant or a natural tooth that has been damaged in some way, such as by chipping or decay. Crown lengthening is a procedure where excess gum or bone tissue that has grown to cover the enamel of the tooth is removed either to provide enough room to fit a crown onto the tooth or to reshape your smile.
When is Crown Lengthening Needed?
Teeth that have decayed or been chipped may not have enough room for a crown to properly be attached to. In that case, this procedure would likely be performed to expose more of the enamel. If your gumline sits very low on your teeth, there is a greater chance for tooth decay to occur behind the gumline, where we have very little access unless we remove the whole tooth. Crown lengthening may be the best option to expose the portion of the tooth affected by decay without needing to extract it. Crown lengthening can help reduce the 'gumminess' of the smile, where the gumline is visible above the teeth. The procedure causes more of the teeth to show, in a case where one has particularly short teeth or long gums and allows you to have a broader and more vibrant smile.
Everyone deserves to have the perfect smile. Some are born with the smile they want, and others have to work a little harder for it. Give us a call today and get the smile you deserve.