Crown lengthening, a common dental surgery, is typically performed for two main reasons. The first occurs when a tooth needs to be restored and there is not enough tooth exposed to support a filling or crown. The second reason is to get rid of a “gummy smile.”
Anesthesia is first applied to the immediate area, including the neighboring teeth. The doctor will then make incisions that pull your gums away from the teeth. This leaves the surrounding bone and roots of your teeth exposed. In most cases, the doctor will have to remove both gum and bone from around the roots of the teeth. Once enough of your tooth has been exposed, the doctor will wash the area with sterile salt water and your gums will be sewn together again.
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