With crown lengthening, we can help extend the tooth’s surface, making it appear larger and more even.

Crown lengthening is a cosmetic dental treatment often used in conjunction with other dental treatments. For example, we may first have to carry out crown lengthening to apply a bridge or implant successfully. Many patients also come to us for this treatment to address a ‘gummy smile’.


What is a ‘gummy smile’?

While there’s no clinical definition of a ‘gummy smile’, generally, those smiles where more of the gum is on show when the mouth is open are thought of as ‘gummy smiles’. This is often because the teeth are smaller or shorter than in other patients.

Is crown lengthening painful?

We’ll first administer a local anaesthetic before carrying out the treatment, so you can be sure you’ll be pain-free throughout.

What happens during the treatment?

In most cases, excess gum can be removed using a laser or scalpel. This will leave more of the natural tooth surface on display, getting rid of the ‘gummy smile’ and allowing for further treatment to be carried out if necessary.

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