Crown lengthening is a dental procedure whereby excess gum and/or bone tissue is removed from around one or more teeth in order to expose a greater proportion of the tooth. Sometimes crowns are lengthened to prepare the way for dental implants or just to improve the aesthetics of your smile (get rid of that "gummy" smile). But one of the most common reasons for crown lengthening is to enable correct placement of dental crowns.
So you ask, "What's all the buzz about dental implants?" Maybe you've heard about them and even know someone who has one or more modern implant but you still have a lot of unanswered questions.
At any age, consistently maintaining good oral and dental hygiene is a must - and can seem like a chore. But for those 50 and above (and especially for seniors), the threat of deterioration of the teeth, gum tissue, and even of the alveolar bone ridge in which teeth naturally sit, becomes very real.
Taking good care of your gums is a huge part of protecting your overall oral health - but for more reasons than you might realize. Periodontal disease has multiple negative impacts, which extend far beyond just the immediate deterioration of the gums themselves.
In recent decades, dentistry has made huge advancements in regards to tooth replacement and restoration. In the past, removable dentures were almost the only option when it came to replacing all or most of your teeth in one/both jaws.