Crown Lengthening

Gummy Smile Surgery

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.

For more information about Crown Lengthening or to schedule an appointment with our doctors:

Rocky Mount Periodontics and Implant Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 29 Crown Lengthening reviews.

Patient Review by Suzanne S

Have never had unsatisfactory visit. Would recommend this office to anyone. Office staff and Drs always courteous and helpful.

- Suzanne S

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Patient Review by Emily B

I started as a patient of Dr. Strickland, and Dr.Kim is taking care of me now. He is a very caring and explains your treatment. I love my hygienist Carolyn, she is very gentle and takes good care of my teeth.

- Emily B

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Patient Review by Susan L

Excellent service. Pleasant people to work with. Overall A1

- Susan L

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Patient Review by Jay I

I have been going to a dentist since I was two years old and I have never had a few of going the dentist. There is no discomfort especially with the new technology. I had a crown lengthening procedure done and there was no pain at all and I followed the post op instructions carefully. I have been on regular maintenance for many years and alternate the cleanings with my dentist. I feel very comfortable in this office and recommend this office to anyone needing periodontal care.

- Jay I

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Patient Review by Timothy P

Outstanding Dentist. Staff and Doctor and staff were really nice and professional. Would highly recommend visiting this office if you needed information about a procedure.

- Timothy P

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Patient Review by Jennifer N

Dr. A readily available after hours and on weekends if needed

- Jennifer N

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Patient Review by Mark O

Dr. Arrington is super cool with a great chair - side manner. Not to mention she is a great periodontist. I would highly recommend her to anyone. Dr. Kim and the rest of his staff are friendly and caring as well.

- Mark O

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Patient Review by Ann M

I received excellent care , all the staff were kind and professional. Dr. Kim did an excellent job and put my mind at ease that I would have no problems healing and continuing to have good dental care.

- Ann M

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Patient Review by MARTY M

very well pleased with everything and everyone.


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