Crown lengthening can be done to repair a decayed tooth or to cosmetically enhance a smile.
Cavities can decay a tooth to the point where restoration is virtually impossible without a procedure called crown lengthening. Crown lengthening is a routine surgical procedure, which remodels the contour of the gum line. The procedure does not actually lengthen the crown, but rather lowers the gum line. When there is not enough tooth structure to affix a crown, this is the only option. Sometimes a tooth has been broken below the gum line. In this instance, crown lengthening is very successful in exposing more of the tooth, so that the dentist has something to work with.
Crown lengthening can also be done to correct a "gummy" smile. The procedure exposes more of your tooth, which can create a more beautiful and symmetrical smile.
Meet Dr. Gluck: Dr. Joseph Gluck performs all periodontal services at Big City Dental. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1988 with a doctorate in dentistry, where he received the Student Periodontal Achievement award and the Oral Pathology award. His research in the Department of Oral Pathology has been published in the Journal of Dental Research. He received his specialty certificate in periodontics from the University of Illinois in 1991. In addition to his private practice, he is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois where he supervises students in the postgraduate periodontal clinic.