Crown Lengthening Surgery
There are two different types of Crown Lengthening Surgery:
- Your tooth may be decayed or broken below the gumline so that your dentist does not have proper access to repair the tooth. He/she will refer you so that Functional Crown Lengthening Surgery can be performed.
- Esthetic Crown Lengthening Surgery can be performed to improve a "gummy" smile, to even out uneven gum levels, or make "short" teeth appear longer.
Functional Crown Lengthening Surgery
With Functional Crown Lengthening Surgery, the gum is lifted and rolled back creating a "gum flap". The gum tissue and sometimes the underlying bone surrounding the broken/decayed tooth (or teeth) is then recontoured so that an adequate amount of healthy tooth is exposed. This procedure provides your dentist with the necessary space between the supporting bone and crown portion of the tooth in order to properly restore the tooth/teeth.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening Surgery
With Esthetic Crown Lengthening Surgery, again the gum is left and rolled back creating a "gum flap". Excess bone and tissue is then reshaped exposing more of the natural tooth and/or to even out your gumline so that all teeth appear to be the same size.