Crown Lengthening - Oakbrook Terrace & CHICAGO, IL
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Types of Crown Lengthening Procedures
Crown lengthening is the procedure used to improve the esthetic or function of your smile. There are two types of crown lengthening. The first method is called esthetic crown lengthening. This technique is used to improve a gummy smile. Soft tissue and bone are augmented and removed to expose more of the teeth, thus “lengthening” the teeth, to create a wider, fuller smile. Esthetic crown lengthening can be performed on one tooth, but is commonly used to improve your entire smile.
The second method of crown lengthening is called functional crown lengthening. This method is used in order to complete a cosmetic or restorative procedure. Sometimes, if a tooth has too much tooth decay present, is broken below the gum line, or is without enough structure to properly support a restoration, gum tissue will need to be removed in order for the tooth to receive the restoration. The gums will be trimmed and reshaped along with your jaw bone to allow for a successful outcome when restoring a structurally compromised tooth.