What Is a Crown Lengthening Procedure?

A crown lengthening procedure involves exposing more of a tooth’s surface by recontouring gum tissue and sometimes shaving down bone. Reducing gum tissue ensures that more of the tooth is visible above the gumline. The procedure is generally advised for oral health concerns and, occasionally, for cosmetic reasons.


Why Do a Crown Lengthening Procedure?

The need to free more of a tooth’s surface by repositioning the gum tissue can be purely for oral health concerns, and removing excess gum tissue, can be on an occasional basis for cosmetic reasons.

We could use crown lengthening for cosmetic reasons. For instance, if you suffer from a gummy smile, the teeth can appear short because gum tissue covers them. However, your smile will be broader and more symmetrical once we do the procedure.

In some cases, we could do crown lengthening for an oral health issue if:

  • Your decayed or fractured tooth was below the gum line.
  • We needed to firmly affix a crown on top of your broken, cracked, or misshapen tooth.
  • may need to remove excessive gum tissue and expose more of the underlying tooth structure to ensure that there was enough tooth to hold the crown. Doing so means you will achieve better oral hygiene and comfort when your crown fits properly.

Some benefits of crown lengthening include:

  • In most cases, it only needs to be done once.
  • The outcome of the procedure will help the restorative dentist to have a longer tooth to achieve a better crown and more cosmetic results.


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How Does Crown Lengthening Take Place?

After you consult with our Periodontist, Dr. Reshad, he will do the crown lengthening in one visit. The procedure only takes 15 to 20 minutes.

After total healing of your gum, Dr. Reshad will restore your tooth with a crown if necessary.

Crown lengthening is an outpatient dental routine procedure; hence, you can go to work after Dr. Reshad completes the surgery. Also, you will often only receive local anesthesia.

Rest assured that Dr. Reshad will make you comfortable during the entire procedure and explains every step during the process.

With over 27 years of experience, Dr. Reshad brings the necessary know-how for successful outcomes.

If you wish to know whether crown lengthening is the right solution for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Reshad.