Crown Lengthening

In certain instances, an individual may have an excessive upper gum covering their teeth (a so called “gummy smile”) or a patient may not have enough exposed tooth to support a crown placement.  Crown lengthening is a procedure in which a patient’s gums are repositioned in order to expose more tooth structure.  This reveals the normal tooth structure hidden behind excess gums and/or allows for the better retention of crowns.  Crown lengthening can also be performed to improve aesthetics of the gum around existing crowns and veneers.