Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening (or crown exposure) is required when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration. The edge of that restoration is deep below the gum tissue and not accessible. It is also usually too close to the bone or below the bone.

The procedure involves adjusting the level of the gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question to create a new gum-to–tooth relationship. This allows us to reach the edge of the restoration, ensuring a proper fit to the tooth. It should also provide enough tooth structure so the new restoration will not come loose in the future. This allows you to clean the edge of the restoration when you brush and floss to prevent decay and gum disease. The procedure takes approximately one hour.

When the procedure is completed, sutures, and a protective bandage are placed to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. You will need to be seen in one or two weeks to remove the sutures and evaluate your healing.

Ann Fay Periodontics

Dr. Ann Fay and her staff specialize in treating periodontal diseases (a persistent infection in the gums). Using non-surgical, surgical, and regenerative techniques, we can help treat the underlying causes of your disease. Our goal is to stabilize your periodontal health in the most non-invasive and cost-effective way possible.

Plaza Office

4320 Wornall Rd., Suite 446
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 561-8466
Fax: (816) 561-2795

Shawnee Office

6333 Long Ave., Suite 201
Shawnee, KS 66216
Phone: (913) 268-9300
Fax: (913) 268-4202