Dr. Leigh Kent may recommend a functional crown lengthening procedure or bone and gum contouring to enhance your smile after tooth decay or other damage to a tooth has occurred below the gum line. If you do not have enough tooth structure available for a tooth restoration procedure, you may also be a good candidate for a bone and gum contouring procedure. Functional crown lengthening offers many benefits to patients in Birmingham, AL with teeth that have been compromised for a number of reason.
Bone and Gum Contouring Procedures
Functional crown lengthening is just one type of periodontal plastic surgery procedure performed at our office and is designed to prepare the gums and bone tissue for the placement of a necessary tooth restoration. It may be combined with other procedures to enhance and reshape your smile, or to prepare your teeth for other cosmetic and restoration procedures.
Crown Lengthening in Birmingham, AL
Dr. Kent may recommend functional crown lengthening to enhance the function of your smile, especially if damage or decay beneath the gum line is impeding the ability of the tooth to accept a restoration. She can perform a gum reduction to lower the gum line and expose additional surface area of the tooth. In this case, it is often necessary to reshape the gums and supporting bone to place a successful tooth restoration.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia to ensure comfort for our patients. After the area has healed completely, a final restoration can be placed.
Dr. Kent may recommend a functional crown lengthening procedure before any type of tooth restoration procedure to enhance your smile. We offer a variety of procedures that can help you achieve a beautiful and functional smile.
If your general dentist has referred you to our office for a functional crown lengthening procedure, we will be happy to provide this treatment for you. For more information on bone and gum contouring or to schedule your consultation in Birmingham, AL, contact Dr. Kent today!