By Antonella A. Botto, DDS; and Adam E. Saltz, DMD, MS, MPH
Complex restorative situations often require an interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment. The predictability of tooth-borne restorations is based on a healthy, biologic foundation. The relationship of the hard and soft tissues must be upheld to preserve the dimensions of tissue and epithelial attachments around teeth; namely, the supracrestal attached tissues (formerly biologic width). Crown lengthening procedures can provide both functional and esthetic benefits to natural and restored teeth, and help create facial harmony. The surgical workflow largely depends on the appropriate diagnosis and restorative plan. Otherwise, the original gingival apparatus simply reestablishes itself—or, worse, breaks down in light of supracrestal attached tissue impingement. Learning to properly identify and treat crown lengthening cases can improve long-term health and patient outcomes.
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