If you feel your smile is “gummy” or you think your teeth are too small, crown lengthening may be right for you. Crown lengthening is a procedure performed by your periodontist to reshape the gum line to improve the aesthetics of your smile by exposing more of your teeth.
Crown lengthening involves removing excess gum tissue around the upper teeth to make them look longer. If the gum line is uneven, crown lengthening can also sculpt the gum line to produce a more symmetrical, balanced smile.
Crown lengthening may be done for dental care and medical reasons as well as for cosmetic purposes. If there is decay or a fracture that extends under the gum line, crown lengthening can help expose more of the tooth’s crown in order to support a filling or restoration.