Crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is done when a tooth needs to be fixed. Sometimes, not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum to support a filling or crown.

Whether crown lengthening is done for cosmetic reasons or for more diagnostic purposes, this procedure is commonly performed in-office and yields fantastic results. A full examination and series of x-rays will be needed to determine if you’re a viable candidate for crown lengthening. We here at One Fine Smile will help to ensure that your experience with the procedure is comfortable and convenient. We want you to enjoy your results and strive to give you a personalized experience.

What is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening involves removing some gum tissue and exposing more surface of the tooth towards the gum line. There are several reasons why this procedure may be done, but an exam is needed to determine if it will benefit you and your current dental issues. The procedure is a type of surgery, but it can be done under local anesthetic so that you are able to benefit from a quick, efficient procedure that yields quality results.

Why Would Crown Lengthening Be Needed?

There are many reasons why you may be advised to have crown lengthening done. For some people, these reasons are more cosmetic and for others, the benefits are diagnostic in nature and pertinent to their dental health and well-being. Some of these reasons include:

  • You have a short “gummy” smile
  • You need extra room for a crown to be placed
  • You are having veneers placed
  • You have gum disease
  • A tooth has broken off at the gum line

If you are in need of crown lengthening, contact us today!

What is the process for Crown Lengthening?

Our highly trained dentists will begin by giving you a local anesthetic in the area of the crown lengthening in order to make you the most comfortable during the procedure. Next, he will make small cuts into the gum line that will pull the gums away from the teeth. This is important because this will expose the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone. In some cases, simply removing a little gum tissue will expose enough tooth for your dentist to place a crown or filling. How much gum tissue that is removed all depends on the severity of the situation. The more severe the situation, the more gum tissue will be removed. Once the dentist is satisfied with the amount of tooth that is exposed, the area will be thoroughly cleaned and sterilized to avoid any bacteria from forming and causing an infection. The gums will be sutured and you will be given aftercare instructions, as well as follow up appointments will be made. 


If you are interested in learning more about Crown Lengthening, please call our office and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.