west allis crown lengthening

Does Your Smile Need Crown Lengthening?

west allis crown lengthening

When you need a dental crown or a prosthetic, and there is not enough bone structure to support them, then we may need to lengthen the crown. The procedure can be done with advanced technology and precision, aiding in your treatment process. In today’s blog, your West Allis, WI, dentist talks about the crown lengthening procedure.

When the Procedure is Necessary

When you need to have a crown placed on your smile to address injury, decay, or infection, or if you have missing teeth and one or more abutment teeth that need to be able to support the crown portion of the bridge, you need enough bone structure to support the restoration and prosthetic. However, sometimes there simply isn’t enough structure above the gum line to attach a crown or bridge to. Which limits your treatment options. To uncover this structure, our team could use a crown lengthening procedure.

Crown Lengthening

The issues with your tooth structure could be due to a gummy smile, in which there is too much tissue on display, which covers much of the tooth structure. Swelling due to periodontal disease could be a factor too, along with complications with the eruption of the teeth. With crown lengthening, we need to remove the excess tissues to uncover the tooth and allow us to move forward with treatment. Employing advanced dental lasers, we can gently trim away the excess tissues and reshape the gum line, so we uncover more of the tooth and also improve the overall beauty of your smile too. The process takes one visit, and lasers mean there is no damage to healthy tissues or structures, and that the risk of swelling, infection, and bleeding is significantly reduced. You heal quickly, and can move forward with treatment in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

Placing Restorations and Prosthetics

Once the area heals, there will be enough tooth structure to support the placement of a dental crown, or the crown portion of a bridge. We can also conduct bonding procedures as well, or treat issues like decay and infection with better precision and accuracy. We then help return your smile to optimal health, function, and beauty again, in as little as one to two visits. If you have any questions about our approach to crown lengthening, or about our dental lasers or lifelike restoration, then please reach out to our team today. Let’s start summer with brighter and healthier smiles, and that begins with a simple checkup and cleaning visit, so see us soon!


To schedule an appointment at Stubbs Family Dentistry in West Allis, WI to receive custom dental restorations with us please call 414-541-8250. We want to help you smile with confidence, while also enjoying better oral health and improved bite function.