Crown lengthening can be the solution to you having the smile you’ve always wanted and can fix teeth that appear stubby, short, or uneven. The procedure is simple and can be performed in a single visit.
What Is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening involves removing excess soft tissue to establish the correct cosmetic tooth proportions. In most cases, the underlying bone will have to be changed as well, because the gum tissue is attached to the bone. The bone position tells the gums where to attach. If the bone is not changed the gums can regrow and cover the teeth again.
A crown lengthening can be performed prior to or in conjunction with crown placement to ensure the crown fits securely over your natural tooth. Gum lifts can also be performed post-implant-placement for cosmetic and oral health reasons.
Generally, the procedure will take about an hour, and patients usually require only local anesthesia. The surgery is highly predictable, and patients respond very well.