Crown lengthening is a common dental surgery. There are two main reasons why crown lengthening is performed. The first happens when a tooth needs to be restored and there is not enough tooth exposed to support a filling or crown. The other reason crown lengthening is performed is to get rid of a “gummy smile.”
First, anesthesia is applied to the immediate area and the neighboring teeth. Cuts are then made that pull the gums away from the teeth, exposing teeth roots and the surrounding bone. In most cases, both gum and bone will need to be removed from around the roots of the teeth. Once enough of the tooth has been exposed, the area will be washed with sterile salt water and the gums are stitched back together.
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