Crown Lengthening

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What Is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a specialized dental procedure designed to improve the appearance of your smile and ensure the success of dental restorations. As a leading periodontist office, we are committed to offering advanced treatments, including esthetic and functional crown lengthening, to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile. In this article, we will explore the various crown lengthening techniques, their benefits, and why you should consider them if you need to improve your tooth structure or enhance your smile’s appearance.

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Crown Lengthening: An Overview

Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that involves the removal of gum tissue, and sometimes bone, to expose more of a tooth’s surface. This procedure can serve both functional and esthetic purposes, depending on your unique dental needs. Our periodontist office provides customized crown lengthening solutions to help you achieve your oral health and aesthetic goals.

Types of Crown Lengthening Procedures

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Esthetic crown lengthening is primarily focused on enhancing the appearance of your smile. This procedure is often recommended for patients with a “gummy smile,” where excessive gum tissue covers a significant portion of the teeth, making them appear short or uneven. Our skilled periodontists gently remove the excess gum tissue and, if necessary, reshape the underlying bone to reveal more of your natural teeth, creating a balanced and attractive smile.

Functional Crown Lengthening

Functional crown lengthening serves a practical purpose, usually to facilitate dental restorations like crowns or veneers. In some cases, there may not be enough tooth structure above the gum line to support a restoration, either due to tooth decay, fracture, or wear. Functional crown lengthening exposes more of the tooth’s surface, allowing for successful placement of the restoration and improving long-term oral health.

Benefits of Crown Lengthening Procedures

  • Enhanced Aesthetics: Esthetic crown lengthening can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile by revealing more of your natural teeth, creating a more balanced and attractive look.
  • Improved Oral Health: Functional crown lengthening enables successful placement of dental restorations, which can restore damaged teeth and protect them from further decay or damage.
  • Long-Lasting Results: Crown lengthening procedures provide long-lasting results, ensuring that your restored smile and improved oral health will endure for years to come.
  • Boosts Confidence: A beautiful, healthy smile can significantly impact your self-esteem and confidence, helping you feel more comfortable in both personal and professional situations.
  • Minimally Invasive: Crown lengthening is a minimally invasive procedure, typically completed in a single visit to our periodontist office. The recovery period is generally short, with most patients returning to their normal routines within a few days.


Crown lengthening is an effective solution to address both esthetic and functional dental concerns, offering a range of treatment options to restore your oral health and enhance your smile. At our periodontist office, our expert team is dedicated to providing exceptional care and helping you achieve a lifetime of healthy smiles. If you suspect you may need crown lengthening, either for esthetic or functional reasons, schedule a consultation with our knowledgeable periodontists. Together, we will develop a personalized treatment plan to meet your needs and help you attain the beautiful smile you deserve.