All About Crown Lengthening

If you have too much of your gums showing in your smile or feel that your teeth are just too small, you may want to consider crown lengthening. This procedure reduces visible gum lines and creates a more noticeable smile by simply removing excess gum tissue. The following is information on what you need to know concerning crown lengthening.

The Definition of Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is an oral surgery performed by dentists used for both cosmetic and non-cosmetic reasons. The ultimate result makes teeth look longer, gums less visible and smiles more noticeable by removing gum tissue and in some cases by removing bone.

Crown Lengthening Treatment Plan

  • Begins with a clean set of x-rays.
  • Since it is an oral surgery, a local anesthesia must be administered.
  • Once the gums are numbed, the doctor will create small incisions to remove excess gum tissue.
  • In some cases, the doctor may need to remove small portions of bone.
  • Once gum tissue and bone (if necessary) are pulled back and removed, gums are rinsed with sterile water and salt.
  • Final step - gums are stitched.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Crown lengthening, though costly, is a common procedure. Though it is safe, like all surgical procedures, it has its pros and cons.


  • One-time Procedure. This procedure is simple and accomplished in one visit, usually 30-60 minutes, and has no followup required visits.
  • Beautiful Smile. This procedure creates a wider more noticeable smile building confidence in the patient. Everyone wants a beautiful smile and this procedure can certainly create just that.
  • Health Related. Crown lengthening actually reduces tooth decay by exposing more of the tooth which allows you to brush and floss regularly, creating healthier gums and teeth.


  • Costly. Though this treatment plan has a high success rate, it also has a high price tag. The only exception with the costly price tag is that if it is proven that the procedure is medically necessary, most insurance companies will cover the procedure, since it is not billed as cosmetic.
  • Aftereffects. Like most surgeries, the patient can expect to experience some degree of swelling and pain. Usually aspirin or ibuprofen will reduce both the pain and swelling. In rare cases, you may experience bleeding and possibly infection. Until the removal of your stitches, you will want to eat liquid and soft foods and be extremely careful when brushing your teeth in that area.

For more information, contact Wigwam Dental Care or a similar location.