Periodontal procedures are available to stop further dental problems and gum recession, and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. Exposed tooth roots are the result of gum recession. Perhaps you wish to enhance your smile by covering one or more of these roots that make your teeth appear too long. (see figure 1) Or, maybe you’re not bothered by the appearance of these areas, but you cringe because the exposed roots are sensitive to hot or cold foods and liquids.
Why do I need crown lengthening?
Periodontal procedures are available to lay the groundwork for restorative and cosmetic dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. Do you feel your teeth look too short and your smile is too gummy or your gums cover too much of some teeth while leaving the others the right length? Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist performs crown lengthening. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
What are the benefits of crown lengthening?
Whether you have crown lengthening to improve function or esthetics, patients often receive the benefits of both: a beautiful new smile and improved periodontal health – your keys to smiling, eating and speaking with comfort and confidence. This patient required a crown to protect a cracked tooth. However, the tooth was too short for the crown to fit. A crown lengthening allowed more tooth structure to be made available for the crown
What is the tratment for Periodontal Disease?
Once your periodontal health has been evaluated, we will work with you to determine the treatment options that are best to arrest your disease and bring you back to health. Depending on how far the diseases have progressed, treatment can vary widely. If caught in the early stages, simple procedures are done that will remove the plaque and calculus from below the gum line and eliminate the infection-causing bacteria. If the diseases have advanced to the point where the periodontal pockets are deep and the supporting bone is lost, further treatment might be needed. Whatever the treatment may entail, the goal is to return you to good oral heath and then help you maintain it. Benefits of periodontal treatment include:
- Elimination / control of infection
- Regrow lost bone tissue (bone grafts / regeneration)
- Retain teeth
- Fresh breath
- A more youthful appearance