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(425) 883-8333
15613 Bel-Red Rd., Ste. A, Bellevue, WA 98008

Sugical Crown Lengthening


Crown Lengthening at D. Ian Bell, D.D.S.Crown lengthening (AKA: "crown-elongation" or "crown-extension") is a surgical procedure that is done when the tooth is too short to provide adequate retention for a restoration (usually a crown).

When a tooth has a deep cavity, a crown and buildup are usually needed to restore the tooth. If the cavity extends too far below the gums, it becomes impossible to predictably make a crown that will last for any length of time. Performing crown lengthening where indicated improves the prognosis for the tooth.

Crown lengthening nearly always involves removing and recontouring some of the bone around the tooth. This results in more tooth structure above the gums and smooth flowing gum contours. Not every tooth that needs a crown also needs crown lengthening surgery, it is only necessary when a deep cavity or crack is present.

Reasons for Crown Lengthening


•  To be able to keep a tooth that would otherwise be removed
•  Provide gum contours that make the tooth easy-to-clean again
•  Improve the appearance of the gum line (in some cases)
•  Provide a restored tooth that lasts longer

What Does Crown Lengthening Involve?


First, the dentist or periodontist will thoroughly numb the tooth or teeth needing crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. After the procedure your dentist can now prepare the tooth for a functional, long lasting crown. As always, proper brushing and flossing is key to insuring the maximum life of your new crown.

Before & After: Surgical Crown Lengthing



Before


This patient did not like the shade of her teeth and had a gummy smile.
Before smile of a patient

After


After surgical crown lengthening with Dr. Affrunti to reduce her gummy smile, Dr. Bell placed porcelain crowns to enhance her smile.
After surgical crown lengthening with Dr. Affrunti to reduce her gummy smile, Dr. Bell placed porcelain crowns to enhance her smile.


Before


This patient felt his teeth were too short and yellow.
Before smile.

After


After surgical crown lengthening with Dr. Affurnti, at home teeth bleaching, Dr. Bell reshaped his teeth for a more esthetic smile.
After smile


Before


This patient did not like her gummy smile.
Before smile.

After


Dr. Affrunti performed surgical crown lenthening to expose more tooth and the patient bleached her teeth to enhance her smile.
After smile
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D. Ian Bell, D.D.S.
Advanced Aesthetic, Restorative & Implant Dentistry
Bellevue-Redmond Professional Center

15613 Bel-Red Rd, Suite A
Bellevue, WA 98008-2348
(425) 883-8333
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