What you seem to describe is referred to as crown lengthing. That link describes why it is needed.

When it is needed, there is no alternative. It seems your dentist feels that it's important to have it done, hence their waiting for you has delayed their treatment of your tooth, which, depending on the type of temporary restoration that's been placed, usually isn't ideal.

Youtube no doubt has a number of videos showing the procedure. "crown lengthening periodontist" would probably be good keywords to use. Look for one showing the procedure for just a single tooth (like your situation).

Admittedly it is a surgical procedure but is also a comparatively minor and routine one.

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