Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that serves both functional and aesthetic purposes. It is often recommended to individuals who have what is commonly referred to as a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile occurs when an excessive amount of gum tissue covers the teeth, making them appear shorter than they actually are. This condition can affect a person’s appearance and self-confidence. To address this issue and create a more aesthetically pleasing smile, our periodontist may suggest crown lengthening.

What to Expect During a Crown Lengthening Procedure

During a crown lengthening procedure, a small amount of gum tissue is carefully removed, exposing more of the underlying tooth structure. This process not only enhances the appearance of the smile but also helps create a more harmonious balance between the teeth and gums. The procedure is typically completed in a single visit at our practice, making it a convenient option for patients seeking a quick improvement in their smile.

Aside from its cosmetic benefits, crown lengthening may also be recommended for functional reasons. For instance, if a tooth is fractured below or very close to the gumline, or if there is not enough tooth structure remaining for a dental restoration like a crown or bridge, crown lengthening can be used to expose more of the tooth’s surface. This additional exposure allows for the placement of restorative dental work, ensuring the tooth’s strength and integrity are restored.

To learn more about crown lengthening in Shawnee, Kansas, and make your appointment with Dr. William Strutz, give us a call at 913-268-0808!

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