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Crown Lengthening is performed when a patient’s gum tissue has extended over the teeth too far. A Crown Lengthening procedure involves remodeling these extended gum tissues and, in some cases, the bone below the gum line. Crown Lengthening Treatment can tackle a number of problems caused by extended gum tissue over the teeth:

  • Gums that extend too far over the teeth and give an awkward gummy smile.
  • A tooth that is damaged due to decay or a crack below the gum line. In such cases, more tooth material needs to be exposed and the gum tissue needs to be reshaped  for a new crown or cap to fit properly.
  • Gums that extend too far over the teeth can also affect the oral functions of your mouth.

Unlike Gum Graft, Crown Lengthening procedure is also necessary when a patient needs to have more surface of the tooth exposed for better brushing and flossing. This way decay or cavities can be reduced.

In some occasions this surgical procedure may need to remove bone to achieve the desired results. As with any other surgical procedure, crown extension treatment may need a day or two for recovery, though in  general it is considered a very common dental procedure.

Why Should You Get a Crown Lengthening Treatment

Benefits of Crown Lengthening

Improved Aesthetics

Crown Lengthening will enhance your smile by creating a more symmetrical look of your gums and teeth.

Reduced Decay Risks

It can reduce the risks of tooth decay since more surface of your teeth will be exposed for better and deeper cleaning. You will be able to brush and floss in areas where you couldn’t reach before.

Enhanced Restorations

This procedure allows a crown or cap to be placed properly over the gum line when a restoration is needed. The gums need to be leveled accurately to be able to reattach to a crown after a restorative procedure.

Tooth Protection

In cases when a patient needs a dental crown due to a crack in their natural tooth, a crown extension treatment may be needed to be able to save the tooth. With leveled and contoured gums, a new cap can be successfully placed over the natural tooth.

Extraction Facilitation

For some cases of tooth extraction, reducing gum material might be necessary to perform the extraction easily and without difficulty.

Improved General Oral Health

This procedure might be required to save a tooth, to remove affected areas and, this way, provide you with improved oral health in general. Also, your neighboring teeth may be benefitted by this process.

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Crown Lengthening: Procedure & Diagnosis



Your dentist or periodontist will make a complete examination of your oral condition through a Comprehensive Exam.


This Comprehensive Dental Exam includes checking your teeth, gums, bones, jaw. It also includes oral cancer screening and x-rays (if needed).


At this stage, your dentist will be able to confirm the type of treatment that you need. Because Crown Lengthening is an oral surgery procedure, your doctor will use anesthesia to reduce any kind of discomfort. During the procedure your gum tissue will be contoured, probably with traditional tools or, in some cases, with a laser tool.

During the crown lengthening surgery, the gum tissues are cut to expose the roots and bone. Then your dentist will work on what needs to be done, whether it is placing a crown or removing an infected area, for example. The time it takes for the crown lengthening procedure to be finished will depend on how much tissue area needs to be contoured. However, this is an outpatient procedure, and it means you will be able to go home right after the treatment is over.

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Once your procedure is over, your periodontist or doctor will advise you on how to take proper care of your gums and teeth at home. This will help the healing process of the crown lengthening surgery and avoid any kind of infection after the crown lengthening treatment: whether you need antibiotics, a special mouthwash or pain relievers in case your mouth hurts after the effect of the anesthesia is gone.



Some post-surgical check ups will be needed in order to examine if your gums are reattaching healthily in their new position, and if everything is running smoothly after the treatment.



When is Crown Lengthening Procedure Necessary?

A Crown Lengthening procedure is necessary when infection or tooth damaged needs treatment below the gum line. Sometimes, gums extend too far over the tooth and a crown lengthening procedure is needed.

Is Crown Lengthening Painful?

As this is an oral surgery treatment, your doctor will use anesthesia to numb the area and avoid any discomfort when cutting of flapping your gum tissue. Generally, your doctor will advise pain relievers for after the treatment,

Will my Insurance Cover the Cost of Crown Lengthening?

Crown Lengthening Treatments might be covered by your insurance. We are a fee-for-service office, but we work with all PPO insurance plans. The coverage of your treatment will depend on the benefits your insurance offers you.

How Long Does Crown Lengthening Take?

The duration of the treatment will vary according to each patient's needs. Some cases may need more time since the affected area is larger. However, this is considered a regular procedure and patients will be able to go home normally on the same day of the surgery.

Is Crown Lengthening a Surgery?

Yes, it is. Crown Lengthening is a surgical treatment since cutting, flapping and sewing the gum tissue is part of the procedure.

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