Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure performed to expose more tooth structure in order to properly restore a tooth. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
Some people have a lot of gum tissue around their upper teeth and feel their teeth are too short, also referred to as “gummy smile.” Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue which gives the appearance of short and sometimes uneven smile. Crown lengthening can help correct this.