A Gingivectomy, also known as crown lengthening, is a fairly simple treatment that can be used to treat a number of problems our patients face. Crown lengthening reshapes the gumline to add length to the teeth to treat a few different issues.
Gingivitis is often a reason to get a gingivectomy. Advanced gum disease inflames and loosens the gums, creating pockets where bacteria can flourish. A gingivectomy can reduce the pockets and reduce the spaces for the bacteria to grow.
Crown lengthening can also be done for cosmetic reasons. Some of our patients have what is called a “gummy smile,” where their gumline covers a large portion of their teeth. Reshaping the gums will expose more of the teeth, improving the appearance of the smile.
Another reason to lengthen the crowns is when a patient needs a restoration treatment, but the gums around the tooth or teeth are in the way. Our dentist would then pare down the gums to be able to perform the restoration properly.
Whatever reason you need a gingivectomy for, Fox River Periodontics, PC can help. To learn more, or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kamy Noruzi, please call us in Geneva, Illinois, today.