The crown lengthening procedure is performed when the patient has aesthetic concerns (known as aesthetic crown lengthening) or presents with functional issues (known as functional crown lengthening) of a single tooth or multiple teeth requiring a dental restoration such as a crown or an onlay.
Here are some indications for which a crown lengthening procedure may be indicated to improve your smile:
Functional Crown Lengthening:
- A lack of healthy space required between the tooth and the underlying supporting bone (known as biologic width)
- Excessive decay residing below the gum line, making access to the decay impossible for the dentist to remove and properly restore
- An inadequate amount of tooth structure is left for the dentist to place an acceptable restoration
- Decay or perforations on the root of a tooth
- External Root Resorption
During the dental crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.