The crowns – or visible white part – of your teeth are structurally important. Your crowns allow you to chew and aid in speaking. Of course, your crowns also have an aesthetic role. When you smile, it is your crowns that others see. Many patients have issues with “short” teeth. This is where a crown lengthening at Haven Dentistry comes in. This general dentistry procedure is typically done for one or both of the following reasons:
If you have a “gummy” smile, an aesthetic crown lengthening may be right for you. Your dentist will remove some of your gum tissue, exposing more of your teeth’s crowns. The procedure can make your smile appear more symmetrical and well-proportioned. While your teeth don’t actually become longer, the cosmetic improvement can be dramatic.
Sometimes a reconstruction – such as a prosthetic crown – needs more tooth area than is available. Removing excess gum tissue can provide this area and give the support necessary for a restoration. Functional crown lengthening can also be performed if you have a tooth broken at or below the gumline.
We provide all the dental services you need at our location in Richmond. Contact Haven Dentistry today.