Periodontal procedures can be performed by your periodontist as a foundation for reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry, dentistry that improves the aesthetic appeal of your gum line.
If you feel your smile is particularly "gummy" because of teeth that appear shortened, you may actually suffer from an excess of gum tissue rather than a shortage of tooth surface area, a condition that can be remedied by the procedure known as crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening may also be recommended by your periodontist for the purposes of repairing a broken, decayed or recessed tooth. The periodontal procedure of crown lengthening can be used if your tooth structure is not substantial enough for restoration. Crown lengthening alters the gum and bone level (damaged perhaps due to advanced gum disease or periodontitis) to expose more of the tooth's surface.
Functionally or aesthetically, crown lengthening is a sound periodontics procedure commonly used to improve the health and appearance of your smile.