Non-Surgical and Surgical Therapy in Basking Ridge, NJ
Crown lengthening is a procedure to remove the excess gum tissue, exposing more of the “crown” of the tooth. The gum line is then sculpted (or sutured) to create the right proportion between gum tissue and tooth surface. This sets the stage, allowing your new veneers or crowns to have the correct length and shape. Crown lengthening may be necessary when there is not enough tooth structure left on a tooth to support a new crown or if there is decay below the gumline. Your dentist may request that this procedure is done prior to the fabrication of your new restoration.
Crown lengthening is also used to lengthen teeth to eliminate what is known as a “gummy smile” or to straighten out an uneven gumline.