When you have too little gum tissue, a common problem, it’s best fixed through gum graft surgery and/or periodontal treatment. But when you have too much gum tissue, the opposite procedure, called crown lengthening, is in order.
Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that's done when your gum line is too high. It's the opposite of PST grafts, which periodontists use to treat a badly receded gum line.
Crown lengthening may be done for purely aesthetic purposes (to cure that "gummy" smile), but it's usually done in conjunction with other dental procedures, like putting in a filling or a dental crown, to make those procedures easier.
Crown lengthening is a periodontal surgery that is sometimes necessary to reduce an excessively high gum line, to make oral hygiene easier, reduce the risks of gum disease, or to enable the performance of another dental operation like a tooth extraction or the installation of a dental crown.
You may be aware that periodontal surgery can help restore a badly receding gum line, but perhaps less known is the fact that your periodontist can also correct an excessively high gum line through the procedure called crown lengthening.
Perhaps, you have heard the term "crown lengthening" but still aren't quite sure what exactly it is, how it is performed, or whether it is right for you. If so, read on to find out the basics about the dental procedure called crown lengthening.