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Crown Lengthening Procedure

Crown Lengthening

A rendering of the Crown Lengthening procedure

Crown lengthening is usually performed when there is an insufficient amount of tooth exposed above the gum line to support the restoration, such as a crown or bridge.  

Crown lengthening involves removing small amounts of gum (or sometimes bone), to expose more of the tooth’s surface (also called the clinical crown). This is why we refer to it as crown lengthening.

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What to expect during the crown lengthening procedure:

Crown lengthening is often done for restoration or aesthetic reasons. It may be needed if a tooth is broken, decayed, or worn down. This procedure is often helpful for those who struggle with gummy smiles where excess gum tissue covers the teeth.

During the procedure, an incision is made in the gum tissue, which is then lifted to give Dr. Bonomo access to the jawbone. Next, the excess gum tissue is removed, and the remaining gum tissue is sutured back into place.

Post-Crown Lengthening Procedure

After the procedure, the healing process begins. During this time, the tooth will reattach to the underlying bone. Dr. Bonomo will give you instructions for post-op care, oral hygiene, and dietary restrictions. After this, follow-up visits will be set to monitor your progress.

Crown lengthening procedures are often done to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile and to maintain your oral health.

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