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Crown-lengthening is a surgical dental procedure that is often required when more of a patient’s tooth surface area needs to be exposed. In a crown-lengthening procedure, the gum tissue and bone are removed. This process accomplishes the objective of exposing more surface area of the tooth.

There are a few different reasons why Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists might prescribe the crown-lengthening procedure. For instance, you’ve probably heard the phrase “gummy smile.” Typically, if a person has a so-called gummy smile or teeth that appear to be “too short,” that person is a candidate for crown-lengthening as a cosmetic dental treatment.

When teeth are described as being “too short,” the fact of the matter is, the teeth usually aren’t too short at all! It is a matter of the teeth simply being covered by too much gum tissue. So, the crown-lengthening treatment reshapes the excess gum and bone tissue in order to reveal more surface area of the natural tooth.

Another reason for crown-lengthening is to even the appearance of the gum line; or in some cases, it is done to several teeth with the goal of exposing the patient’s full smile.

When a tooth breaks off at the gum line or beneath it, Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists can employ crown-lengthening as a treatment solution to provide sufficient structure for the placement of a filling, crown or a bridge. Crown-lengthening essentially adjusts the gum levels and bone levels, exposing more of the tooth for the sake of restoration.

Here’s how the process works: If you have an abundance of gum tissue, Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists use crown-lengthening to expose more of the tooth for greater retention, which basically means more tooth for the restoration “to hold on to,” so to speak.

There are instances where a crown or filling has fallen out of a tooth, revealing tooth decay below. Crown-lengthening can give Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists the opportunity to address the issue.

Therefore, just think of crown-lengthening as an effective treatment for addressing “gum problems,” so Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists can deal with any “tooth problems.”

Indeed, Dr. Nicholas is a gum expert. She is not just a well-known dentist, she is also a celebrated periodontist, which is a skillfully trained dentist who has a depth of knowledge in gum tissue treatments. Dr. Nicholas and her team of specialists are highly qualified dental professionals who can perform crown-lengthening procedures, due to their years of rich experience and additional training.

For more information about how crown-lengthening can help you, please contact Dr. Anne Nicholas and her team of specialists who are serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indian Wells, Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of the Coachella Valley at the Palm Desert Center for Advanced Periodontics, Cosmetic, Sedation and Implant Dentistry. They can be reached by phone at 760-851-0314 or at their office in Palm Desert, California.