When a tooth is fractured or decay extends below the gumline, this area must be uncovered before it can be restored, for several reasons:
Cosmetic Crown Lengthening
If you're not happy with your smile, there are cosmetic periodontal and dental procedures available now that could help you achieve the look and smile you want.
Do you have a "gummy smile"? Are your teeth too long? Periodontists today can help you reshape your gumline to expose your ideal smile. In addition, they can work with your dentist to create the foundation for beautiful crowns, veneers, etc. to be constructed on your front teeth.
If you feel that your teeth are too short and your smile is too "gummy" or that your gumline is uneven, covering too much of some teeth, while leaving others the right length, a simple cosmetic treatment might be just right for you.
Crown lengthening and gingivectomy procedures remove the excess gum tissue to expose more of the visible "crown" of the tooth.
A gingival graft is designed to solve these problems. A thin piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth, or moved over from adjacent areas, to provide a stable band of dense gingiva around the tooth. There is also a new skin graft product that eliminates taking gum from the roof of the mouth.
Soft tissue grafts and other root coverage procedures are designed to cover exposed roots, to reduce the chance for further gum recession, and to protect your vulnerable roots from decay. Learn more about gingival grafting
A crown lengthening procedure reshapes the gum and bone to solve these problems.