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.