Crown Lengthening
Clinical crown lengthening is a surgical procedure to expose a greater amount of tooth structure, typically due to a fracture or decay, for the purpose of restoring the tooth with a crown.

The procedure is done with a local anesthetic, the same as you would have for a filling, but involves the reflection of the gum tissue to expose and re-contour a small amount of jaw bone.

The gum tissue is then repositioned, exposing more of the tooth, and sutured in place. Post operative discomfort varies with the extent of the surgery, but is usually minimal and controlled with oral pain medication.

There is typically a delay of about six weeks before your restorative or general dentist can place the new crown.



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