Crown Lengthening

Crown Lengthening is a surgical procedure that recontours gum tissue and the underlying bone that surrounds one or more teeth. This is so that an adequate amount of healthy teeth are exposed. Crown lengthening is often used in conjunction with a tooth that is soon to be fitted with a crown. This procedure provides the necessary space between supporting bone and the crown, and prevents the new crown from damaging the gum tissue and bone. Dr. Ramos or your general dentist may recommend crown lengthening in order to make a restorative procedure possible. For instance, if a tooth is badly worn, decayed or fractured below the gum line, your doctor may suggest a crown lengthening in order to adjust the gum and bone levels and to gain access to more of the tooth so it can be restored.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

Functional crown lengthening is an important part of your overall health, appearance, comfort and function. You can have confidence with your new beautiful smile knowing you have improved your periodontal health.

Cosmetic Crown Lengthening

Periodontal procedures are available for restorative and cosmetic dentistry. This will help improve the overall health and aesthetics of your smile.

You may want to ask Dr. Ramos how you can improve your “gummy” smile because your teeth may appear short. Your teeth may actually be the correct or ideal length, but they may be covered by too much gum tissue. This can be corrected by crown lengthening.

During the procedure, the excess gum tissue and bone is reshaped to uncover more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, or several teeth, to expose a natural beautiful smile. Your dentist may also recommend crown lengthening to make a cosmetic procedure possible. For instance, if a tooth is badly worn, decayed or fractured below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a crown or bridge restoration, crown lengthening not only adjusts the gum and bone levels, but it also exposes more of the tooth so it can be restored.

What are the benefits of this procedure?

Whether you choose crown lengthening to improve function or esthetics, the benefits are both there. Improved periodontal health and a beautiful new smile are the keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort.

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