Clinical Crown Lengthening
Clinical crown lengthening is a minor surgical procedure usually performed when it is necessary to expose more of the tooth root above the gum line because of tooth decay, a broken dental crown or an old cap reaching too far below the gums. Clinical crown lengthening is also performed for aesthetic reasons in cases where the gum grows over the dental crown. Excessive gum tissue and sometimes a part of the bone around the tooth are removed to improve the appearance. The tissue is then adjusted and sutured with very thin, transparent, resorptive thread. The recovery period is very short.