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Three Ways Your Dentist May Use Crown Lengthening

Have you ever heard of crown lengthening? It’s a treatment that your dentist performs to adjust the gumlines around your tooth, exposing more tooth structure in the process. Here are a few common ways your dentists may use crown lengthening to enhance the health of your smile:

When Treating Gum Disease

Periodontal disease involves deep gum pockets around the roots of your teeth. These areas can be difficult to clean, allowing reinfection to occur. By shortening the depth of the pockets, oral hygiene is easier to maintain. Some dentists will recommend generalized crown lengthening as part of the periodontal therapy process. 

For Restorative Purposes

Let’s say you have a tooth that needs a crown, but not enough tooth is visible above the gumline. By shortening the gums, more tooth surface is exposed. This allows your dentist to prep and shape the tooth structure appropriately, so that a restoration can be placed over it. Otherwise there would simply not be enough tooth structure to work with. A tooth that would have required an extraction and replacement procedure can simply be restored instead. 


If your smile looks “gummy” or your gingival tissues are uneven, your dentist can alter them for a more natural appearance. This helps your teeth look fuller and your smile even from side to side. The process is sometimes called gingival contouring and is primarily for aesthetic purposes.

Caring for your smile doesn’t just mean cleaning or filling your teeth. It also has a lot to do with the health of the gums around your teeth. Ask your dentist how crown lengthening can help you improve your oral health.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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