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Crown Lengthening Specialist

Mosaic Dental

Cosmetic, Family, Implant and General Dentistry located in Sterling, VA

Crown lengthen can help restore a worn down or broken tooth to its natural size. If you’re unhappy with the length of your teeth, Anuradha Beri, BDS, CAGS, MSD, Zia Rizvi, DDS, and the team at Mosaic Dental in Sterling, Virginia, can perform a crown lengthening procedure. To schedule an appointment, call or book a visit online today.

Crown Lengthening Q&A

What is crown lengthening?

The crown portion of the tooth is what you can see above the gumline. It can become broken or shortened due to injury, decay, or degradation from extended periods of grinding. 

Crown lengthening restores the natural length of your teeth for cosmetic purposes, but the Mosaic Dental team may also recommend the procedure if you have broken or cracked teeth.

Who needs crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is ideal if you have a gummy smile or an unbalanced gum-to-teeth ratio. This procedure helps restore balance to your smile if you have:

  • Severely cracked teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Teeth worn from grinding
  • Naturally short teeth

Many dentists also recommend crown lengthening to expose hidden portions of a fractured tooth or deep cavities.

If you feel uncomfortable smiling due to a gummy or unbalanced smile, crown lengthening may be right for you.

What happens during crown lengthening?

Depending on the complexity of your procedure, the team at Mosaic Dental may recommend local or general anesthesia to ensure your comfort during crown lengthening. The procedure typically involves removing excess gum tissue to restore balance between your teeth and gums, but may also involve repositioning your tooth.

There are three techniques the team can use:


A gingivectomy removes gum tissue with a scalpel or laser. It can help repair damage if you have unhealthy gum tissue due to gum disease.

Apically repositioned flap surgery

Apically repositioned flap surgery essentially repositions your gums to add more balance to your smile. The team makes an incision to create a small flap in your gum tissue before removing any excess tissue. Finally, they reposition the flap toward the tooth roots and stitch it in place.

Surgical extrusion

A surgical extrusion repositions the tooth rather than the gums if you have a severely fractured tooth. During this procedure, the team repositions your tooth from beneath your gumline. If your tooth is unstable, they can anchor it to your surrounding teeth to hold it in place.

A noticeably gummy smile can diminish your confidence and make you feel self-conscious when smiling. To learn more about how crown lengthening can improve your smile, call Mosaic Dental or book an appointment online today.