In treatment planning for a crown, your dentist may recommend crown lengthening. This procedure takes approximately one hour and is performed in our office, under local anesthetic.
During this treatment, a small portion of bone and gum tissue surrounding the tooth is removed to enlarge the tooth structure above gum line. The purpose of this treatment is to provide sufficient tooth surface above the gum on which to anchor the crown so the new restoration will remain stable in the future.
This procedure takes approximately one hour and is performed in our office, under local anesthetic.
When the procedure is completed, sutures and a protective “bandage” are placed to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. You will need to be seen two weeks after the procedure to remove the sutures and evaluate your healing.
Crown lengthening for a gummy smile
Every person’s smile is unique. For some people, when they smile, their teeth may appear small and/or show a lot of gum tissue. The teeth may actually be the proper length but during normal growth and development, too much gum tissue formed around the teeth. Crown lengthening can be performed to one tooth or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.