Esthetic and Functional Crown Lengthening Treatment in San Diego
There are two types of crown lengthening: esthetic and functional.
Esthetic crown lengthening or periodontal plastic surgery refers to cosmetic procedures performed on the gums to enhance the appearance and health of the smile. Also referred to as gum reduction surgery, this may be a recommendation when too much gum tissue is present or when your teeth appear short. This is also known as a “gummy smile”. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they’re covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, Dr. Kwok can perform an esthethic crown lengthening procedure. During the procedure, the doctor removes excess gum and bone tissue and reshapes the smile to expose more of the natural tooth. While the procedure can be performed on just one tooth, it is most often done on more than one tooth to create a wider, more natural smile.
Functional crown lengthening is performed when a tooth is too far decayed, broken below the gumline, or has insufficient structure for restoration. In cases like this, Dr. Kwok will reshape the gums and supporting bone to allow for adequate room to place a high quality restoration.