It is no secret that dentists are committed to saving teeth. This is why we fill a cavity, instead of pulling the tooth.
Cavities can decay to tooth to the point below the Gum Line where restoration is virtually impossible without a procedure called Crown lengthening. Crown lengthening is a routine surgical procedure, which remodels the contour of the gum line and Expose additional tooth surface. The procedure does not actually lengthen the crown, but rather lowers the gum line. When there is not enough tooth structure to affix a crown, this is the only option. Sometimes a tooth has been broken below the gum line. In this instance, crown lengthening is very successful in exposing more of the tooth, so that the dentist has something to work with.
In cases where Porcelain Crowns or Bridges are being constructed, Crown Lengthening serves both the Functions of Cosmetics and Retentive necessity vital to maintaining a natural smile.