Sometimes tooth decay appears below the gumline, requiring the removal of some bone and gum tissue. With crown lengthening, part of the gum and bone are moved to allow the dentist to access the part of the tooth in need of help.
In addition, crown lengthening is sometimes done to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile where the flesh hides part of the teeth, making them look short and stubby. By reshaping the gum and bone tissue, the proper amount of the tooth can be made visible to improve the look.
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