Saving teeth with functional crown lengthening.

Alger performs functional crown lengthening surgery to pave the way for the treatment of decay, fractures or fillings that have extended underneath the gum line. Teeth that are too short to retain a gold or porcelain crown may also benefit from this procedure.

What is functional crown lengthening?

After Surgery - Performed by Dr. Alger

After Surgery – Performed by Dr. Alger

Before surgery

Before surgery

When a tooth has decay or a fracture that extends below the gum line, your dentist may not be able to see enough of the tooth to treat it. In some cases, when a tooth is too short, the restored cap may continue to fall off even after being cemented. When this happens, it is necessary for the affected region to be prepared before final restorations can take place.

Through functional crown lengthening, Dr. Alger reshapes the gum and supporting bone to allow your general dentist appropriate room for a final restoration.

How does the process work?

Functional crown lengthening requires teamwork between Dr. Alger and your dentist. Once a plan of treatment has been decided upon, Dr. Alger will precisely perform the appropriate crown lengthening treatment. The process typically works like this:

  • Dr. Alger meets with a patient and their general dentist to understand the goal of the crown lengthening procedure.
  • The crown lengthening procedure will be performed in a separate appointment, and will generally take approximately 1 hour.
  • Dr. Alger will reposition the gums by gently elevating them from the affected tooth.
  • The gums will then be sutured at a level that allows your dentist access to any cracks or decay.
  • You will experience very minor discomfort in the days following the surgery.
  • Your general dentist will see you in the weeks following the procedure, to discuss the next steps for your restoration. This appointment usually takes place within six weeks.

What are the benefits?

Functional crown lengthening is a safe and proven treatment that results in improved treatment for fractures and fillings that otherwise could not be treated. The procedure is relatively straightforward and, most importantly it helps dentists save patients’ teeth.