Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that increases the length of a tooth’s crown. It is required when a tooth is fractured or has a carious lesion below the gum line. It is done prior to crown fabrication so that the general dentist can access sound tooth structure.

The procedure involves adjusting the gum and bone tissue around the tooth to a physiologic healthy relationship. This allows the dentist to reach all surfaces of the tooth when he makes a new restoration. It helps the dentist to properly fit the tooth and adds stability and retention for the new crown/restoration. It also allows you to clean the edges of the restoration when you brush and floss, which help to prevent decay and periodontal disease.

Crown Lengthening is approximately a one hour procedure. When it is completed, sutures are placed to help secure the gum tissue. You will need a follow-up visit, one week post-operatively.