When cavities cause extreme decay, crown lengthening may be necessary to help restore a tooth. Contrary to its name, crown lengthening does not lengthen the crown of the tooth; it actually lowers the gum line. This is done to expose more tooth structure so the dentist can more easily place a crown or filling. An alternative to crown lengthening may be orthodontic extrusion, which does not require a surgical procedure.
To learn more about crown lengthening, orthodontic extrusion, or your other treatment options at our practice, we invite you to contact our office soon.