Crown Lengthening Specialist

Crown lengthening surgery is sometimes required in order to properly fit a crown over a decayed or cracked tooth. At Implant Center of Brooklyn located in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, leading implantologist Dr. Robert Mikhli, DDS performs crown lengthening surgery for patients throughout in preparation for restorative dental procedures.

Crown Lengthening Q & A

by Robert J. Mikhli, DDS

What is crown lengthening surgery?

Crown lengthening surgery is an oral procedure in which excess gum and bone tissue are removed to exposed more of a tooth’s surface. Sometimes crown lengthening surgery is used for purely cosmetic reasons, either to even out the gumline or correct a “gummy smile,” in which too much gum tissue covers a tooth or teeth. Most of the time, though, the procedure is used in preparation for a dental crown, when not enough of the tooth is exposed above the gum line to affix the crown securely. There needs to be about 2 mm of space between the end of the crown and the beginning of the bone under the gums. Without sufficient tooth structure to grab on to, the crown won’t fit properly, resulting in chronic inflammation, irritation and possibly bleeding of the gum tissue.

What does the procedure entail?

Crown lengthening is a relatively minor surgery, performed under local anesthesia. At the patient’s request, sedation dentistry may also be used. Dr. Mikhali begins the procedure by cutting into the tissue to pull the gum back from the tooth. Sometimes, this is all that is needed. More often, though, some bone also needs to be removed. Next, the gums are flushed out with saline water, and then sutured together.

What happens after the surgery?

If necessary, prescribed pain medication is prescribed. As the incision heals, patients need to adhere to a soft food diet and avoid directly brushing and flossing the treated area. It’s important, however, to continue brushing and flossing the rest of your teeth. About a week after the procedure, Dr. Mikhali will remove the stitches. The gums will still need another three months to heal before the tooth is ready to be fitted with a crown.


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1636 East 14th Street, Suite 123

Brooklyn, NY 11229
Phone: 718-376-9600
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Robert Mikhli, DDS
1636 East 14th Street
Suite 123
Brooklyn, NY 11229