The “crown” is the visible portion of the tooth that sits above the gumline. When a tooth is badly decayed, worn, or fractured below the gumline, then lengthening the crown involves treatment that changes the bone and gum levels so more of the tooth can be accessed for restoration. This integrated treatment can be used for crown placement or other cosmetic treatments.
Sometimes, crown lengthening is desired to improve the overall appearance of the smile. For example, patients with “gummy smiles” or irregularities with the shape and size of their gums can benefit by restructuring the proportion of gums and teeth. As a result, confidence is increased, and you will feel good sharing your beautiful smile with everyone you meet.