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Crown Lengthening


Due to decay, tooth fracture, or trauma, tooth structure may fracture or become weakened. When this happens, the remaining tooth structure to support a crown restoration can be inadequate. Provided there is considerable bone support around the remaining root and a healthy root canal system, the tooth may be able to be retained and restored via a procedure called "crown lengthening".


During this procedure. a slight amount of supporting bone is removed around the tooth which ultimately "lengthens" the tooth structure available above the gum line. The increase in tooth length and form, provides a suitable substructure to retain a final crown restoration.


Not all teeth can be crown lengthened effectively, and sometimes removing bone around the tooth will result in an unesthetic or unmaintainable result. A radiograph and clinical examination is necessary with your doctor to detemine if crown lengthening is the correct therapy.

Pre-op Radiograph


After with temporary (provisional) crowns

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