Sometimes it becomes necessary to remove excess gum tissue to allow more exposure of a tooth. This can be for cosmetic reasons to create a more balanced smile appearance, or the procedure may be required to prepare a tooth for a dental crown or other type of restoration. Crown lengthening, also known as a gingivectomy or gum reshaping, is a very common (and often quick) procedure.
Our board-certified periodontist, Dr. Daniel Lauer, utilizes the Waterlase MD™ laser to perform crown lengthening for patients at Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Through this advanced technology, he can provide minimally invasive and virtually painless removal of excess gum tissue.
Crown lengthening is a periodontal procedure that entails removal of the gum tissue and, in some cases, recontouring a small portion of the bone. The focus of the procedure is to maximize the amount of the tooth’s natural crown that shows. There are multiple reasons why crown lengthening may be recommended for a patient—the most common reasons include:
Since Dr. Lauer uses laser technology to perform crown lengthening, no incisions are needed, and patients typically experience faster healing with less swelling and bleeding. As a result, there is minimal discomfort and little to no downtime after the procedure.
The cost of crown lengthening will vary from patient to patient since every case is slightly different. Multiple factors may affect the total amount you can expect to pay. This includes the number of teeth being treated, and if bone will also need to be removed. Aside from the recontouring process, additional fees may be involved, as well. This will typically include the dental cleaning prior to the procedure, and if a restoration is being placed, this will also increase your total cost.
If crown lengthening is considered medically necessary to receive treatment for a damaged tooth, insurance may cover part of the associated costs. For those interested in dividing their total cost into smaller, more manageable monthly payments, our practice works with dental financing companies to help make your crown lengthening more affordable.
To receive a personal quote of how much your crown lengthening procedure may cost, please contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lauer. After evaluating your oral needs, he can discuss what your treatment may entail and what fees may be involved in your crown lengthening process.
“Every staff member is professional, efficient, and friendly. They manage my irrational dental-phobias proactively and with sensitivity. I highly recommend Dr. Lauer’s office for periodontal surgery and care.”
Dr. Lauer is a board-certified periodontic specialist who has performed crown lengthening procedures throughout the span of his career. It’s very important to consider undergoing this type of treatment from a skilled periodontist rather than a general dentist, since periodontists are singularly focused on gum renewal and restoration procedures. With his extensive training and expertise, Dr. Lauer can help you attain a virtually pain-free procedure and successful results. To see examples of how crown lengthening can enhance your smile, visit our gum treatment before and after photos page to see images of Dr. Lauer’s patients.
If you would like more information on crown lengthening treatment, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lauer, please contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry.