The following are before-and-after photos of some of our treated patients.
Crown lengthening can be an esthetic or a functional procedure. In this example, both esthetics and function were addressed because the patient's teeth were severely worn and decayed. The goal of this procedure is to expose tooth structure by recontouring the gingiva and underlying bone. For this patient, full-mouth crown lengthening was performed, along with a few tooth extractions, to allow the patient's restorative dentist to reconstruct his entire dentition. The post-treatment photograph was taken prior to delivery of the patient's final crowns and his temporary restorations were still in place.
Before Crown Lengthening After Crown Lengthening
Gingival grafting might be recommended for several reasons. Gingival grafts are typically recommended when tooth roots are exposed (gingival recession) or when the gingival tissue is very thin. Graft procedures can correct recession defects, reduce tooth sensitivity, enhance the thickness of the gingiva, or simply improve the contours and appearance of the gingiva.
CASE 1: Gingival recession caused by a tobacco chewing habit
Two-week post-op photo of the healing graft site. The recession defect has been completely corrected.
CASE 2: Gingival recession that resulted after the removal of an adjacent tooth
Pre-treatment recession defect with visible inflammation and bleeding
Post-treatment the defect has been corrected
CASE 3: Gingival recession on a lower front tooth with a "high" frenum attachment. The frenum is tissue that connects the lip to the gingiva.
Correction of the recession defect has been achieved and the frenum attachment has been relocated.