A smile says a lot about yourself. It can reveal your innermost emotions with a simple flick of the facial muscles, or be used to attract members of the opposite sex. This power that the smile has can lead to lingering insecurities if someone feels their smile is not up to snuff, and that is why San Diego Periodontics and Implant Dentistry offers crown lengthening procedures.
What is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that works to reveal more of the crown of the tooth. The crown is the part of the tooth that pokes out of the top of the gums, the pearly whites that make up the smile. The dentist works to expose more of the crown in a simple and relatively painless procedure by moving the gums closer to the root of the tooth. While this procedure can be used for aesthetic purposes to make for a more pleasing smile, there is also functional crown lengthening as well.
Functional Crowning Lengthening is Used to Access Decay
Crown lengthening is necessary when a dentist identifies decay in the tooth they cannot easily access. This decay is usually hidden deep beneath the gums, and no matter what methods they use, they cannot properly access the decay without performing a crown lengthening procedure. This will not be a permanent change, as the periodontist will put the gums back to a lower level when the decay is removed. This procedure will also create more tooth structure for the new crown to grab onto, allowing the dentist to make a crown with better retention.
In some cases of tooth fracture, crown lengthening can also be performed to save a partially fractured tooth from extraction, as the gum line is brought down to reveal more tooth structure for a dentist to be able to make a crown.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening for Irregular Gum Levels & Gummy Smiles
Another use for crown lengthening is to create a more beautiful smile. An irregular gum level can be fixed with crown lengthening, giving your smile a more natural and beautiful look. This quick and easy procedure can even the gum line to perfectly reveal your teeth, giving them a more symmetrical appearance.
The crown lengthening procedure can also help patients who have a “gummy” smile. This is the case when the gums come too far down on the teeth, making the teeth look shorter and disproportionate to the size of your face. By moving the gums up to a more natural level, the periodontist reveals your gorgeous natural teeth and smile for all to see.
San Diego Periodontics and Implant Dentistry are the Crown Lengthening Specialists
At San Diego Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we have years of experience performing the crown lengthening procedure. Dr. Kennie Kwok is ready to get your smile looking exactly as you envisioned it. We can help you determine if the crown lengthening procedure is necessary and lay out exactly what the procedure will consist of.
If you feel you are in need of a crown lengthening or just want to come by for a check-up, contact us today at (619) 543-0905.