Aesthetic Crown Lengthening


Crown lengthening (AKA: "crown-elongation" or "crown-extension") is a surgical procedure that is done when the tooth is too short to provide adequate retention for a restoration (usually a crown).

When a tooth has a deep cavity, a crown and buildup are usually needed to restore the tooth. If the cavity extends too far below the gums, it becomes impossible to predictably make a crown that will last for any length of time. Performing crown lengthening where indicated improves the prognosis for the tooth.

Crown lengthening nearly always involves removing and recontouring some of the bone around the tooth. This results in more tooth structure above the gums and smooth flowing gum contours. Not every tooth that needs a crown also needs crown lengthening surgery, it is only necessary when a deep cavity or crack is present.

Crown Lengthening at Aesthetic Periodontal & Implant Specialists

Reasons for Crown Lengthening


  • To be able to keep a tooth that would otherwise be removed
  • Provide gum contours that make the tooth easy-to-clean again
  • Improve the appearance of the gum line (in some cases)
  • Provide a restored tooth that lasts longer

What Does Crown Lengthening Involve?


First, the dentist or periodontist will thoroughly numb the tooth or teeth needing crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. After the procedure your dentist can now prepare the tooth for a functional, long lasting crown. As always, proper brushing and flossing is key to insuring the maximum life of your new crown.

Schedule An Appointment


Are you ready to schedule an appointment? Do you have questions? Get your journey started towards a healthy, confident smile at one of our three convenient locations in San Antonio and Pleasanton, TX. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (210) 614-4700 or fill out online appointment request form.

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San Antonio: Medical Center
7272 Wurzbach Rd
Suite 1201
San Antonio, TX 78240
(210) 614-4700


San Antonio: Alamo Ranch
10919 Culebra Rd
Suite 1201
San Antonio, TX 78253
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San Antonio: Stone Oak
1130 E. Sonterra Blvd
Suite 120
San Antonio, TX 78258
(210) 614-4700


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800 N. Bryant St
Pleasanton, TX 78064
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