Dr. Musto

Practice Limited to Periodontics and Dental Implants

920 Wyoming Avenue, Suite 203, Forty Fort, PA 18704


Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening (or crown exposure) is required when the edge of a crown or restoration is deep below the gum tissue and not accessible for oral hygiene. It is also usually too close to the bone surrounding the tooth. It also may be required when a crown or restoration is being replaced.

The procedure involves adjusting the levels of the gum tissue and bone around the involved tooth, to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship. This allows access to 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.

When the procedure is completed sutures, and possibly a protective “bandage”, are placed to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. You will need to be seen seven to ten days after surgery to remove the sutures, evaluate your healing, and review oral hygiene.