Crown lengthening is a surgical dental procedure that involves jaw repositioning. It can be administered on a single tooth or even multiple. The purpose of crown lengthening can vary from functional to cosmetic purposes. Here is a list of three main reasons a dentist may direct you towards crown lengthening.

Restorative Purpose

Crown lengthening exposes more of the tooth surface which is helpful for restorative appliances such as dental crowns and fillings to fit better and stay put. It is often recommended when the tooth is severely decayed or broken beyond the gum line and is unable to support any orthodontic appliance.

Aesthetic Purpose

Some people opt to undergo a crown lengthening procedure in order to acquire a fuller smile. It adds to aesthetics of the facial features with a more proportionate smile.

Periodontal Purpose

Crown lengthening is also part of an important method to address gum issues such as periodontitis and gingivitis. It can help create access across the roots of the teeth for pronounced cleaning and treatment.

4-Step Procedure of Crown Lengthening

  1. Anesthesia: Before administering the procedure, the locale is sedated by topical methods to reduce sensations of pain and overall patient anxiety.
  2. Incision: The subjected gum area is carefully incised and the tooth is exposed keeping in mind the purpose of surgery.
  3. Reshaping: Excess tissue or bone structure is removed for a desired look and function.
  4. Suturing: The gum tissue is surgically placed back together with the bone structure and the area is cleaned.

Recovery and Healing

Crown lengthening is a minimally invasive procedure which requires a one time sitting. However, the healing period may landscape from weeks to months. Experiencing mid pain, tenderness, and swelling in gums should be considered as normal. Here are some ways you can mange and ease symptoms related to surgery:

  • Take the prescribed course as per consultation.
  • Use ice packs on the affected area to relieve swelling and pain.
  • Gargle with warm water post 24 hours of surgery.
  • If you experience bleeding, put a light gauze on the operation site.
  • Brush and floss carefully.
  • Avoid smoking or other substances that may cause vulnerability.
  • Avoid using straws for extra unnecessary suction pressure.


Crown lengthening is a minimally invasive procedure that repositions the jaw and exposes the teeth. This can help achieve better fitting for dental appliances, provide an aesthetic purpose and manage gum infections.

If you are looking to undergo this procedure but are uncertain or have questions to clear out, reach out to doctors at Modena Dentistry to discuss your concerns. In addition to providing comprehensive care, we strive to meet all our patients’ needs. Contact us now on (346) 966-3362 or find us at 6915 FM 1960 Rd. W, Suite G | Houston, TX 77069.

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