Crown lengthening is performed as a cosmetic dental treatment, and sometimes as a restorative dental treatment. Have you ever heard of a “gummy smile”? “Gummy smile” is a term used to describe smiles in which the teeth appear to small, and the gums are too visible. Sometimes people have gummy smiles, because there is too much gum tissue hiding the teeth.
In crown lengthening procedures, we reshape extra bone and gum tissue, making the the teeth appear more visible and beautifully shaped. In restorative cases, crown lengthening is used to remove decay under the gumline and reshape the gum and bone tissue, before restoring a broken or decayed tooth with a porcelain crown.