Dentists are committed to saving teeth, which is why we fill a cavity instead of pulling the tooth.
Sometimes, cavities can decay to the point where restoration is virtually impossible without a procedure called crown lengthening. Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that remodels the contour of the gum line by lowering it. This is the only option to affix a crown on a tooth when there is not enough tooth structure. In instances where a tooth has been broken below the gum line, crown lengthening is very successful in exposing more of the tooth, so that the dentist has something to work with.
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