Dr. Bradley Bath may recommend crown lengthening to improve the health of your gum tissue, prepare the mouth for further treatments, or to correct a “gummy” smile. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth, or the entire gum line. To learn more about crown lengthening in Evansville, Indiana, and to make your appointment with our dentist, please call us at 812-476-6064.
Crown lengthening is a gum treatment that has both functional and aesthetic purposes. We may recommend crown lengthening if your appearance is affected by what is sometimes called a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile is one in which the teeth appear abnormally short because of excessive gum tissue. The gum tissue may appear too bulky, or it might look like the gums come down over your teeth too far. In most cases, a gummy smile is the result of excessive gum tissue covering teeth that are a normal length and shape. To correct this problem and give you a smile you can show off with pride, our dentist may suggest crown lengthening. During this treatment, a periodontist will simply remove a small amount of the gum tissue, revealing more of the tooth structure and giving your smile a more aesthetic appearance.
We may also recommend crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental treatment possible. If the tooth is broken below or very close to the gum line, or if insufficient tooth structure is left for a restoration, a periodontist may use crown lengthening to expose more of the tooth so a restoration like a crown or bridge can be placed.
To learn more about the uses and benefits of crown lengthening, we welcome you to contact our office today.