Gum Lift & Crown Lengthening

Gum liftIn some cases a decayed or fractured tooth may not have enough exposed tooth structure above the gums and bone to properly retain a restoration. In these cases, rather than removing the tooth, a crown lengthening (gum lift) procedure can be performed in which some gum tissue is trimmed away in order to expose more natural tooth structure. Usually a healing period of 2-8 weeks is allowed before proceeding with the final restoration.If a patient has a “gummy” smile or teeth that are very short looking, a crown lengthening procedure can often change the visual appearance of the teeth. This is commonly done prior to placing ceramic crown or veneer restorations on the front teeth in order to achieve a more ideal smile line or tooth length.

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