Periodontal Dentistry can help transform your smile and facial expression. While we know is absolutely necessary for communication, it also signals facial attractiveness. When considering your smile, Dr. Wierzbicki must take into account the position of the lips, the condition of your oral tissues and the gingival outlines (your gums) of your smile. Typically these periodontal concerns are handled by aesthetic restorative procedures such as Gummy Smile Treatment, Crown Lengthening, Gingivectomy, Periodontal Plastic Surgery and Biologic Width. All of these procedures aim to bring focus and balance to your smile.
Introduction to Aesthetic & Restorative Periodontal Dentistry
Restorative Crown Lengthening
Restorative crown lengthening is an minor in-office surgical procedure designed to uncover more tooth structure to permit repair of extensively broken or cavity-affected teeth.
Without restorative crown lengthening, there is not enough tooth structure available for your dentist to properly and permanently fix your affected tooth. Without a proper fix, your tooth is at risk if further breakage, cavities, and possible need for removal.
The restorative crown lengthening procedure usually takes 1 hour to complete. The procedure can be completed under sedation, to help reduce your anxiety.
Here are some of the most common reasons for crown lengthening:
- Restoration of damaged teeth – Periodontal disease can cause severe damage to the teeth, as can any trauma and/or decay. Where teeth have been broken beneath the gum line, crown lengthening can be used to prepare the area for a new restoration to correct the damaged teeth.
- Cosmetic uses – Extra gum tissue can make teeth look unnaturally short and also increase susceptibility to periodontal infections. Removing excess gum tissue can restore a balanced, healthy look and thus improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile.
- Dental crowns – Crown lengthening serves to provide more space between the supporting jawbone and dental crown. This prevents the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone once in place.
Treatment of Excessive Gingival Display
Treatment of Excessive Gingival Display, also known as aesthetic crown lengthening, is an in-office surgical procedure of uncovering the proper amount of tooth structure, to restore aesthetics and health.
The positioning of teeth, and genetics, can result in an excess amount of gum and/or bone tissue covering your teeth, a condition known as an altered passive eruption. The excess tissue can make it difficult to keep your teeth clean and can result in an unaesthetic gummy smile – short square looking teeth with too much gum tissue showing when you smile.
The aesthetic crown lengthening procedure can be completed in as little as a 1 hour or may take a few hours, depending on the number of teeth being treated, and the amount of tissue being recontoured.
The aesthetic crown lengthening procedure can be completed under sedation, to help reduce your anxiety.