Unless you’re a dental trivia champion the term “crown lengthening” probably isn't familiar to you. However, a crown lengthening procedure is actually pretty common. Think of it as the dental treatment you need to make the next dental treatment possible. It's usually recommended when your dentist determines you don't have enough exposed tooth for a crown or bridge to be placed appropriately. Put simply, crown lengthening surgery involves the removal of gum tissue, bone, or both to expose more of a tooth so it can be fixed or restored.
Why would I need crown lengthening?
Imagine this: your dentist has examined your teeth and determined you need a crown. But what if there is not enough tooth for a crown? This is when a crown lengthening procedure is recommended to support a dental crown or tooth bridge. There are a few reasons why you may not have enough tooth for a recommended treatment:
- Your tooth may have broken off at the gumline.
- The tooth structure isn’t strong enough for restoration.
- A crown or filling falls off and there is decay underneath.