Crown lengthening isn’t just for cosmetic purposes. It used to be mostly done for patients with “gummy smiles”, where the gums envelop too much of the tooth. Reducing the gums around your teeth can create a more appealing, framed smile. But if you’re due for a new crown, a root canal, or more, and your gums are thickly covering your teeth, a functional crown lengthening may be best for you.
How it works is that if a tooth is broken or damaged, and is hidden under the gums, the excess gum tissue will be removed surgically. The removal will expose the rest of the tooth support to make room for the incoming crown, so that it will fit comfortably, feel functional, and look natural.
Improving your smile with dental implants is not the only way to create a more pleasing smile. Teeth are best displayed by the way they are framed by the gums, and a crown or restoration needs a better stability to stay in place. With crown lengthening, the amount of gum tissue is removed in order to reach the viable tooth material underneath. Contact Dr. Rebecca Wagner to learn more about how to reach your dream smile.
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Dr. Rebecca Wagner
129 Chambers Hill Dr.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Tuesday: 8AM – 5PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 5PM
Thursday: 8AM – 5PM
Friday: 7AM – 3PM