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Crown Elongation

Crown Lengthening

The “crown” is the part of a tooth visible above the gumline. Sometimes more of the tooth below the gums must be exposed to fill a cavity near the gumline or place a new crown on a broken tooth. “Crown lengthening” provides more tooth structure for this to be done. This helps to ensure that the restoration can be fitted properly by the dentist without causing gum irritation. Without the crown lengthening procedure in these cases, the surrounding tissues will be chronically inflamed due to the improper spacing between the base of the restoration and the bone. Crown lengthening can also be done to correct a “gummy smile” with esthetic & gingival contouring.

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Crown lengthening can serve different purposes.

We can help you, no matter the need.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

If you have a “gummy smile” with excessive gum tissue and short looking crowns the esthetics can be unsatisfactory. With esthetic crown lengthening, some of this tissue and bone can be trimmed back to expose more of your natural tooth structure. This enhances the aesthetic appeal of your smile. In addition, crown lengthening can make your smile more symmetrical by evening out the gum tissue. 

Functional Crown Lengthening

Functional crown lengthening can be necessary if there isn’t enough of the tooth in place to hold the crown on its own.  Crown lengthening reduces gum tissue and reduces  bone when necessary so more of the tooth is above the gum’s surface. This allows for optimal hygiene and better crown retention.


Dr. Priya Archarya
Welcome To Acharya Periodontics

What is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of gum disease, and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training in these areas, including three additional years of education beyond dental school. They are familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease, and are also trained in performing cosmetic periodontal procedures.

Dr. Acharya, board certified in Periodontics and dental implant surgery, can treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as those with severe gum disease or a complex medical history. She can offer non-surgical and surgical treatment options specifically suited to patient needs and preferences.

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Diagnosis and Management

A thorough examination and accurate, specific diagnosis is the foundation of effective treatment.

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Non-Surgical Treatment

Very often, early stages of periodontal disease are effectively treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy.

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Surgical Treatment

When necessary, Dr. Acharya and her team can walk you through a surgical treatment plan to restore healthy gums and teeth.

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are a common procedure of permanently replacing missing teeth without affecting other neighboring teeth.