Dental Services, Restorative Dentistry

Crown Lengthening

A crown lengthening procedure is done for restorative dentistry and also to improve the aesthetics of one’s smile. If a tooth is broken or severely decayed, this procedure may be needed to adjust the gum and bone level in order for the area to be properly restored with a crown or other restoration.

Sometimes crown lengthening is done to improve a “gummy” smile because the teeth appear short. The teeth may actually be the proper length but excess gum tissue may be covering these teeth. During this procedure, excess gum tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.

In recent years, crown lengthening has been done with the benefit of laser therapy. The laser creates a more precise treatment that results in faster healing, minimal bleeding and discomfort. In most cases, the patient can return to work the same day.

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Crown lengthening reduces gum tissue and shaves down bone when necessary so more of the tooth is above the gum’s surface. A properly fitted crown allows for better oral hygiene and comfort.

If only the gum is removed and not the bone, the gum tissue will grow right back after about 8 weeks, negating the purpose of the crown lengthening. The bone removal, typically only 1-3mm, is required for a good, lasting result.

Recovery: It will take approximately 7-10 days before the stitches will be ready to remove. Next, the gums will need time to heal, which takes about 3 months. Follow-up treatment: It is important that you wait until the gums are healed before any additional work can be done.