Teeth do fracture and decay, and many times this can occur under the gum line. Your dentist will recommend a functional crown lengthening procedure for this situation and request that Dr. Augustine performs a localized surgical procedure that will address this issue. He will adjust the gums and bone around the tooth or teeth in question so ideal health can be maintained and the tooth can be treated by your dentist. The gums and bone are receded and tightened around the tooth and this will expose the decay or damage part of the tooth.
The gums will need a minimum of 4-6 weeks to heal and stabilize. Then the dentist can complete the needed repairs on the tooth or teeth. This procedure is performed to save the tooth and avoid extraction(s). Unfortunately, in some circumstances, Dr. Augustine will recommend removing the tooth because the damage is too great and the repair to save it is too costly and will only result in a poor prognosis. If this is the case, we will discuss a single dental implant or bridge alternative. Your dentist will always be informed of the treatment and outcome and we will coordinate
Procedure Education Videos
Causes for a Gummy Smile
This video shows you how a gummy smile can have a variety of causes and how it’s important to work with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment for your unique situation.
Crown Lengthening (Tooth Wear)
This video shows you how crown lengthening can be used as part of treatment improve the appearance of worn teeth.
This video shows you how gum tissue can be modified to improve the proportions of your teeth and improve the appearance of your smile.