Gum lift, known as crown lengthening, is generally performed in order to improve the health of the gum tissue, or to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. In addition, crown lengthening procedures can also be used to correct a “gummy” smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue. Crown lengthening exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or recontouring gum tissue and bone. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth within a single visit.
Reasons for gum lift, crown lengthening
Restoration of damaged teeth – Where teeth have been broken beneath the gum line by caries or trauma, gum lift or crown lengthening can be used to prepare the area for a new restoration to correct the damaged teeth.
Cosmetic uses – Extra gum tissue (Gummy Smile) can make teeth look unnaturally short. Removing excess gum tissue can restore a balanced, healthy look and 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 it is in place.
What does crown lengthening involve?
Crown lengthening is normally performed under local anesthetic in about 45 minutes depending on how many teeth are being treated.
When Dr. Farah is satisfied the teeth have sufficient exposure the gum tissue will be sutured with small stitches. The teeth will look noticeably longer immediately after surgery because the gums have now been repositioned. The surgical site will be completely healed in approximately six to twelve weeks.