Crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is the process of exposing more tooth structure above the gum line. Sometimes this is necessary to restore badly decayed, worn, or fractured teeth. Other times, crown lengthening is used to improve the appearance of “short” teeth that are covered by an excess of gum tissue. Two basic categories for crown lengthening are functional or esthetic crown lengthening.

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Functional Crown Lengthening

If a tooth is badly damaged, there may not be enough sound tooth structure exposed for your restorative dentist to restore the tooth. Functional crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that recontours the gum tissue and often the underlying bone surrounding one or more teeth so that an adequate amount of healthy tooth is exposed. This allows the restorative dentist access to the tooth so that it can be restored. Creating access and exposing enough solid tooth structure for a proper restoration is important to maintain the health and function of your teeth, bone, and gums.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

  • You may be consulting with Dr. Seale to discuss procedures to improve a “gummy” smile because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may be the proper length, but they are covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this problem, a surgical procedure can be performed to remove excess gum, and sometimes bone, to reshape your gum line and expose more natural tooth. This can be done for a single tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural broad smile.

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Our step by step process to get you back the smile you deserve.

  • 01. Clear communication

    Dr. Seale and his staff will be happy to help guide you through treatment processes to ensure that you understand your options and benefits.

  • 02. Diagnosis

    During your initial exam, Dr. Seale will evaluate your specific needs by performing a thorough examination.  He will then advise you of your best treatment options.

  • 03. Treatment

    Each patient is different and Dr. Seale will recommend treatment to set the patient up for the best possible chance at success.

  • 04. Maintenance

    Periodontal maintenance is a professional cleaning procedure where a hygienist thoroughly cleans the teeth. Maintenance care is critical to maintain a healthy beautiful smile.

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