Many of our patients at Jordan Landing Smiles have gummy smiles they don’t like, and choose crown lengthening surgery to bring proper balance and symmetry to their smile. Gum tissue and, in some cases, bone is removed to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. It is a safe procedure that does not affect healthy tooth structure.
‘Gummy smile’ is a term used to describe a smile with teeth that appear too short because an unusual amount of bone and soft tissue hide part of the crown. Crown lengthening is not, however, used solely for cosmetic reasons.
When a tooth is injured and breaks at the gum line, or if a filling or crown comes off a tooth that contains decay, crown lengthening makes additional tooth structure accessible for further restorative work. It is also used to treat some types of gum disease.
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