Crown Lengthening

A crown lengthening procedure may be necessary to treat either excessive gingival display (a "gummy smile") or a required step for a restorative procedure.  Conditions that require crown lengthening include:

-Treating a cavity below the gum line
-Preparing for a tooth crown/cap/restoration
-Unaesthetic smile
-Medication induced gum overgrowth
-Anatomical defects/deformities

After evaluation and consultation with your restorative dentist, we will determine the best treatment options for your smile as every case is unique.  By understanding your needs, we can re-establish a more ideal gum to tooth relationship 


Is this procedure necessary for all crowns (caps)?

Crown lengthening is a procedure used only in instances when there is lack of space between the gumline and jawbone for a crown to be prepared.  This procedure enables your dentist to ensure the proper fit of crown, so the restoration will last long into the future.

What should I expect during a crown lengthening procedure?

During the procedure, Dr. Silverstein will first need to numb your teeth and gums.  Small incisions are made around the tissue to separate the gums from the teeth.  The underlying jawbone may be re-contoured to develop a healthy, natural smile.  Crown lengthening takes approximately one hour but varies on the amount of teeth involved and case complexity.

How long is the healing process?

Depending upon the number of teeth and treatment needs, the post procedure healing process will vary.  Our team will provide a customized post-operative protocol based on your needs to minimize discomfort and promote a rapid healing process.  Dr. Silverstein and his team will provide follow-up care as part of your care.


Do you think crown lengthening will enhance your smile or do you have decay below your gumline? Contact our practice  for an evaluation.