This procedure may be used to improve a “gummy” smile or when a tooth requiring a crown or other restoration is below the gum line.
Your dentist will advise you if a crown lengthening procedure is right for you during your initial consultation. Your medical history and dental X-rays will be reviewed to evaluate the most appropriate course of treatment.
A local anaesthetic is used to numb the area to be treated. Excess gum tissue is then removed to expose more of the tooth.
When a new crown is needed, some bone may need to be removed from around the roots to expose enough of the tooth below the gum line.
After the procedure, the gums will be sutured and a sterile bandage may be applied. You’ll be given an appointment one or two weeks later to evaluate the healing. Your dentist will then advise you on the next stage of your dental restoration.
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