Candidates are healthy individuals planning on having dental crowns placed or other dental surgery done, but have long gums or not enough tooth surface area for crown placement.
Candidates who have sufficient tooth surface area or are happy with the size of their gums do not require crown lengthening.
An initial visit to a dentist is usually required in order to have X-rays taken and assess the need for crown lengthening. Dentists sometimes recommend a professional tooth cleaning prior to the procedure. Disclose all medications you are currently taking to your dentist, as certain medications, such as blood thinners, may interfere with the recovery process. Otherwise, continue taking all medications as prescribed by your physician.
It will typically take about three months for your mouth to heal. Once the site is ready for additional work, your dentist will make a second temporary crown to fit the longer tooth. Since your gums may continue to shrink during the healing process, your dentist will wait a bit before creating the permanent crown.
Dental crown lengthening may result in significant bleeding from the area during the recovery process. As with any surgery, there is a risk of infection. Other possible complications include: increased tooth sensitivity, the affected tooth looking longer than the rest of the teeth, and a feeling of looseness.
$500-$1,500+ (varies depending on number of teeth)