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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.

Gum disease can often lead to the need for a gingivectomy. Gingivitis can create “pockets” in the spaces between the teeth and the gums. Bacteria makes these pockets home and irritates your gums further. A crown lengthening can reduce these pockets, making treatment easier.

A “gummy smile” can also be a reason to lengthen the crowns. If the gums climb higher on the teeth than is aesthetically appealing, our dentist can reshape them to reveal more of the teeth. This can sometimes drastically improve the smile’s appearance.

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, Jason M. Peterson, DDS can help. To learn more, or to schedule your appointment with Dr. Peterson, please call us in Idaho Falls, Idaho, today.