Anatomical crown exposure and crown lengthening procedures are used when the level of your gum tissue and sometimes bone around your tooth needs to be adjusted in order to create a new gum–to-tooth relationship. These procedures may be performed for health, functional, or aesthetics reasons.

Crown lengthening is a common procedure that has multiple benefits. It is a periodontal treatment generally performed to prepare teeth for restorative or cosmetic procedures, and to improve the health of the gum tissue. When a tooth is decayed or broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for restoration, such as crown or bridge, Dr. Naghieh will adjust the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.

Anatomical crown exposure and tissue re-contouring are also used to correct a “gummy” smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue and appear short. This procedure exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or re-contouring gum and bone tissue. This treatment can be performed on single or multiple teeth, to create a pleasant and attractive smile.

Anatomical crown exposure and crown lengthening both provide a solution to optimize the health, appearance, and comfort of your teeth. These procedures can give you a beautiful new smile, boost your confidence, and most importantly, they can help improve your overall periodontal and oral health.