Crown Lengthening


Crown lengthening is typically used to repair a tooth that is not sticking far enough above the gum line. In order to properly repair the tooth, gum tissue and/or bone must be removed to expose more of the crown. Some people naturally have a lot of gum tissue surrounding their upper teeth, resulting in what dentists usually call a “gummy smile.” This can also be rectified using crown lengthening. At Sunrise Dental, our cosmetic dentists provide this procedure to patients throughout Cary, Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Apex, Morrisville, NC, and the surrounding areas. To learn more about the process of crown lengthening or to schedule a consultation, please feel free to contact us today!

What does the procedure involve?

At your initial visit, we will review your medical history and X-rays before scheduling a date for the actual crown lengthening procedure. A cleaning may be needed before the procedure can take place. In some cases, the tooth in question may need a crown, and a temporary crown may be placed also for protection. It also makes the actual surgery easier, because the periodontist will be able to see how much soft tissue or bone needs removal. Local anesthesia is used, and the length of the procedure depends on the number of teeth that require it. The healing process typically takes about three months. Once the gum and surrounding area are fully healed, you will be scheduled for another office visit to have a new temporary crown placed before the final one is made.

Advantages of Crown Lengthening

Your smile is often the first thing someone notices when you first meet. If you believe you have too much gum tissue or an uneven gum line, you may benefit from crown lengthening. Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that involves reshaping the gum line and exposing more of the tooth structure. While it may sound like a purely cosmetic treatment, crown lengthening offers several benefits beyond enhancing dental aesthetics. Below are a few advantages of crown lengthening.

Improves Oral Health: Crown lengthening can improve oral health by making cleaning and maintaining proper oral hygiene easier. When the gum line is too high or uneven, it can create pockets where bacteria and plaque can accumulate, potentially leading to gum disease and tooth decay.

Boosts Confidence: Crown lengthening can significantly improve the appearance of your smile. If you have a "gummy smile" or an uneven gum line, it can affect your confidence. Crown lengthening can create a more balanced and symmetrical smile by removing excess gum tissue and exposing more of the tooth surface.

Provides Support: When a tooth is severely decayed, fractured, or broken below the gum line, crown lengthening can expose more of the tooth structure, providing the necessary space and visibility for the placement of dental crowns, bridges, or veneers. Crown lengthening allows for successful restoration, improving the affected tooth's function and appearance.

At Sunrise Dental, our experienced dentists will determine if you are a good candidate for crown lengthening. Give our dental office a call today to schedule an appointment. We welcome patients living in Raleigh, NC and beyond.

Contact Us Today to Schedule an Appointment

There are many things to consider before having this procedure done. From both an aesthetic and comfortability standpoint, crown lengthening has become a more common smile makeover procedure to enhance the smile of clients. At Sunrise Dental, our team of cosmetic dentists have the experience and training to carry out this procedure for the longevity and appearance of your teeth. From the initial consultation and the crown lengthening procedure to the final implementation of permanent dental crowns, we’ll make sure you fully understand everything before we begin the process. Contact our dental offices in Cary, Durham, Raleigh, or Chapel Hill, NC with any questions about the crown lengthening process or to schedule an appointment and see if this procedure is right for you!