Crown Lengthening

The 'crown' is the part of the tooth above the gumline. Sometimes more of the crown needs to be exposed; crown lengthening is the surgical procedure that accomplishes this. Crown lengthening is primarily done before a prosthesis is fitted or for those with a "gummy" smile. Surgery involves recontouring tissue and bone around planned teeth.  

Reveal more of your beautiful smile. 


  • To place a restoration (filling, crown, etc.) a small amount of the tooth's crown must be available for the general dentist. Sometimes this space doesn't exist due to fractures, large and deep cavities, and trauma. Crown lengthening can surgically expose more tooth and provide this needed space. 


  • To improve the aesthetics of front teeth, crown lengthening can be done to make short teeth look longer.