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Crown Lengthening

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Crown lengthening procedure is performed when not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum to support a filling or crown.
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Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over a natural tooth for aesthetic or structural reasons. A crown may be used when a tooth is cracked, broken, or misshapen.

A crown can also be used to complete dental treatments, like bridges, root canals, and dental implants. Crowns must be able to fit on an existing tooth firmly.

Crown lengthening can help patients with “gummy smile”! Dental surgeons perform crown lengthening by recontouring gum tissue, and sometimes bone, to expose more of a tooth’s surface for a crown. It’s a common procedure and often takes less than an hour to complete.

Preparing for a Crown Lengthening Procedure

Your dentist may fit you with a temporary crown until your procedure. The temporary crown secures your tooth in the interim and make the fitting of your new crown easier.

Before the surgery, your medical history and X-rays will be reviewed. During this appointment, you should talk to your dentist about any medications you take. They’ll let you know if you need to discontinue any of them for the procedure.

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Crown Lengthening Procedure

During the crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, your entire gum line, or to several teeth, to expose a natural, broad smile.

Your dentist may also advise crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken beneath the gum line, or has inadequate tooth structure for a restoration like a crown or bridge.

Crown lengthening helps adjust the gum and bone to expose more of the tooth, so it can be restored.

The Recovery Process

The duration of the recovery for this procedure is approximately three months. However, you’ll be able to resume normal activities as your gums heal. The most important thing is to avoid strenuous activities for the first two to three days.

Follow these tips:

  • Take over-the-counter or prescription medication
  • Use an ice pack
  • Avoid hot foods and drinks for the first 24 hours
  • Leave dressings in for 7 to 14 days
  • Brush carefully
  • Wear your stent or denture
  • Eat a soft food diet
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid prodding the area

Crown Lengthening at Dentists on Vincent

For more information about crown lengthening, or if you have any questions pertaining to other dental restoration treatments and procedures, please feel free to contact us at Dentists on Vincent!

Our highly trained staff will guide you in deciding which treatment options or procedures are best for you.

Visit your Leederville dentist today!

Call us on (08) 9242 4400 or request your appointment online.

We are located at 322 Vincent Street in Leederville.

Frequently Asked

What is the purpose of crown lengthening?
Crown lengthening has two purposes: to improve the appearance of the teeth and to prepare teeth for further dental or periodontal work.
What are the possible risks and side effects?
As with any surgery, there is a risk of post-procedure bleeding and infection.

Some people also find their teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold after the surgery, as the roots are now exposed. However, this sensitivity should go away as the gums heal.

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Contact Info

Dentists on Vincent Leederville

Address: 322 Vincent St, Leederville, WA 6007

Phone: (08) 9242 4400

Email: smile@dentistsonvincent.com.au

Opening Hours

Mon: Closed

Tue: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Wed: 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Thu: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Fri: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Sat: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM (by appointment)

Sun: Closed


There is ample car parking across the road from the practice

There are cafes and eateries within walking distance


Dentists on Vincent is located in Leederville, 14 min from Northbridge and only short stroll from Leederville Oval and Water Corporation

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