Esthetic Tooth Lengthening - Gingivectomy
Crown or tooth lengthening is completed to improve the esthetic appearance of the teeth or to expose more of the tooth for the placement of restorations.
Esthetic Tooth Lengthening exposes more of the tooth in a visible area of the mouth so that the tooth appears longer and the smile has the best cosmetic appearance. It may involve removal only of excess gum tissue using a gingivectomy procedure, or might require recontouring of the bone as in a conventional crown lengthening procedure.
This procedure is simply the removal of excess gum tissue to expose the entire crown of the tooth improving the esthetics and creating optimal tooth proportions. It is also used to remove excessive gum tissue after orthodontic treatment, or to recontour gums in the front of the mouth to improve the smile, often in conjunction with the placement of esthetic veneers or crowns.