Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure removing gum tissue or bone, or both, exposing more of your tooth. We may suggest this procedure if you have a tooth that needs restoring and where we must expose more of the tooth to support a filling or crown, for example, if the tooth has broken off near the gum line. Crown lengthening is also used to treat what’s called a “gummy smile”, where upper teeth are covered up by an excess of gum tissue. Removing the excess tissue can create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
What is the Procedure for Crown Lengthening?
Initially, we will review your medical and dental health before crown lengthening surgery. We might also suggest you have your teeth professionally cleaned and we may place a temporary crown. The temporary crown protects the tooth and makes it easier to identify how much soft tissue or bone must be removed. Usually, treatment is performed using local anaesthesia, but if you are nervous, New Age Dental has advanced sedation equipment built into our treatment rooms, ensuring you feel entirely comfortable during your treatment. Healing can take up to 3 months, after which we will prepare the tooth again, creating a new temporary crown to fit the longer tooth and this will protect your tooth until we make the final crown.