Why? A crown lengthening procedure is done as to expose more of the natural
tooth so that a crown can be placed stably. This procedure is also done if the
crown margin is too low to the gum line and some tissue needs to be recontoured
for patient comfort.
How? Just like with osseous surgery, the tissue is flapped and excess gum is removed to lower the gum line to the desired height. The change is quite small (1-3 mm usually) but it can make a big different in the appearance and stability of your crown. Some bone may also need reduced. About two sutures are placed after the procedure and a packing will be placed.
You will see us for 2 more appointments prior to release back to your general dentist for restoration.