Crown lengthening is a procedure in which a dentist removes gum tissue in order to expose more of the tooth. In some cases, bone tissue may also be removed. Crown lengthening has applications in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
For patients that were born with teeth that seem smaller in comparison to the gums, crown lengthening may be used. Sometimes this condition is called a gummy smile. Our dentist in Northridge can help such patients by removing small amounts of tissue from their gums. This process will lengthen the teeth and can bring them more in harmony with the size of their gums.
Crown lengthening is also used in restorative dentistry when a tooth is not long enough to support a crown. This condition may occur if a patient breaks a tooth below the gum line or has experienced substantial decay below the gumline. By removing gum tissue, it will expose enough of the tooth to allow for the proper placement of a crown. A crown requires a stable base, and the crown lengthening procedure is designed to do just that.
If you feel like you may benefit from a crown lengthening procedure, contact our expert in crown lengthening in Northridge to schedule a consultation.