If your teeth appear short because they are covered with too much gum tissue, then visit your dentist today for a crown lengthening procedure. This minor gum surgery can reshape the gum and bone tissue surrounding your teeth to make the gum line appear more even and the teeth appear taller by exposing healthy tooth structure.
What Is Crown Lengthening Used For?
Remedying the cosmetic problem of too much gum tissue isn’t the only reason for a crown lengthening procedure. Other reasons for it include:
- Improving the health of gum tissue
- Repairing a tooth broken below the gum line
- Treating severe tooth decay
Crown lengthening can help your dentist treat dental conditions, giving you a healthy smile.
How Are The Crowns Of Teeth Lengthened?
Your dentist is trained in this surgery and will lengthen the crowns of your teeth by:
- Injecting a local anesthetic
- Making an incision to the gum tissue
- Treating the tooth or reshaping the gum tissue (depending on your need)
- Stitching the remaining gum tissue together
- Washing the area with salt water
- Applying a periodontal dressing
Your dentist may also prescribe pain medication and a mouthwash to use after this procedure.