When is Crown Lengthening an Option?

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Crown lengthening began as a useful way to add bone to the gumline, when a tooth needed a crown. Recently, it has come into vogue as a cosmetic procedure as well. This is because people with gummy smiles want to show more teeth. Gummy smiles can be genetic, but they can also develop because of a hyperactive muscle, or due to abnormal tooth eruption.

If you have a gummy smile, crown lengthening either adds bone or subtracts gingival tissue, for a contouring effect. Not only will your smile be toothier, you can also count on your gum health improving, and your risk of periodontal disease decreasing.

But crown lengthening is still a valuable restorative service. If a tooth has decayed significantly, or if a tooth broke off at or near the gum line, a crown can rebuild structure and function. But a crown needs volume, and crown lengthening provides that. The procedure is similar to filling a tooth, and our expert in crown lengthening in Northridge will most likely divide it into two sessions: first the rebuild (addition or subtraction of bone or tissue), and then the install (placing of the crown).

For more, contact our cosmetic dentist in Northridge.

When Crown Lengthening is Recommended

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Crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue to expose more of the crown, or the visible portion of a tooth. This treatment can be performed for cosmetic or restorative purposes.

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

A smile can become less attractive if the gums extend too far over the teeth. This is clinically known as a gummy smile. In some cases, gum coverage may be inconsistent from tooth to tooth, also. Both of these situations can be resolved with crown lengthening that can make gum coverage consistent across the entire smile.

Crown Lengthening Before Restorative Treatment

Our periodontists in Los Angeles may also perform crown lengthening to access and treat any hidden tooth decay. When this is done, a gum flap is created so that the tissue can be sutured back into place once treatment is complete. Failure to access deep decay this way would make extraction necessary for many more cases.

Overall, crown lengthening is valuable for improving appearance and saving teeth affected by decay well beneath the gum line. Afterwards, patients are able to maintain healthy teeth and gums more easily through brushing and flossing. Patients can learn more about this procedure when scheduling a consultation with our expert in crown lengthening in Los Angeles.