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Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry

Crown Lengthening

Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Crown Lengthening

Crown Lengthening Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Crown Lengthening Washington DC & Alexandria VA

Crown lengthening is a procedure that is performed for patients who are unsatisfied with the ratio of their teeth and gums (also known as a gummy smile) and would like to improve the appearance of their smile. Crown lengthening involves removing gum tissue and recontouring the gum line to create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance, but is also done when there is not a sufficient amount of tooth to hold a crown. If crown lengthening is being done in preparation of dental restorations, the bone may also be modified in order for a permanent restoration to be placed.

If you have a gummy smile, this does not necessarily indicate underlying health issues, but it is possible that your gummy smile is the result of an issue with the initial development of your jawbone. When the upper jaw bone bulges more than normal, it can create the appearance of a gummy smile, and can also cause malocclusion, which will result in other health issues over time. A gummy smile can also be the result of an overactive lip, which can cause the upper lip to be pulled higher than normal.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, our specialty trained periodontists Dr. Justin Zalewsky and Dr. Antara Daru have years of experience treating a wide range of stages of gum disease and placing dental implants. To learn more about crown lengthening, our clinic facilities, or to schedule an appointment, contact our Alexandria, VA office at (703) 823-2422 or our Washington D.C. office at (202) 296-3360.


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Dr. Justin Zalewsky

Dr. Zalewsky

Dr. Justin Zalewsky, a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry, then went on to Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry where he received his Certificate of Periodontology and Oral Implantology.


Dr. Daru

Dr. Antara Daru, a graduate of New York University College of Dentistry, then went on to University of Maryland, Baltimore College of Dentistry where she received her Masters of Science in Oral Biology and Certificate in Periodontology and Oral Implantology.

Crown Lengthening Procedure

Prior to your crown lengthening, your periodontist will review your X-rays and medical history. On the day of your crown lengthening procedure, your periodontist will administer a local anesthetic and sedative, if necessary. Once you are properly numbed, your periodontist will begin making incisions that will pull the gums away from the tooth or teeth, which will expose the surrounding bone and roots of the teeth. Next, the area will be washed and the gum tissue will be reattached so the healing process can begin.

Pros and Cons of Crown Lengthening

Although crown lengthening is a safe procedure that is commonly performed, there are certain advantages and disadvantages that you should consider before committing to having this procedure performed.

Advantages of crown lengthening include:

  • Long lasting results
  • Creates a more balanced smile
  • Reduces risk of tooth decay
  • Improves your ability to practice good oral self-care
  • Surgery can typically be performed under one hour

Disadvantages of crown lengthening include: 

  • Cost: The final cost of having this procedure performed will vary, but averages between $1,000 to $4,000
  • Not covered by insurance if not medically warranted
  • Post-procedure recovery involving minor pain and swelling
  • Potential (rare) for surgical complications, such as infection or excessive bleeding

Crown Lengthening Procedure Aftercare

The recovery period following a crown lengthening procedure is typically very fast and smooth, unless more advanced treatment is needed, in which case healing can take longer. While you can resume normal activities, it is a good idea to avoid strenuous activities for at least the next two or three days. You may need to take over-the-counter pain relieving/anti-inflammatory medication and ice the area for the first 24 hours. It is also recommended that patients stick to a soft food diet and avoid foods or beverages that are not too hot. It is also recommended that you avoid alcohol and strenuous activity to prevent bleeding from occurring. It is common to experience mild bleeding and tooth sensitivity, but this will typically ease over time.

Once you have completed the recovery process, it will not be necessary to follow special aftercare instructions, but it is important to continue practicing good daily oral hygiene practices. Brush and floss twice daily, and schedule regular visits to your periodontist to ensure that your teeth receive regular professional cleanings, which will reduce your risk of developing gingivitis or periodontitis. If you follow these best practices, you will enjoy a bright and healthy smile for many years to come

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Crown Lengthening Cost

The cost of crown lengthening will depend on a variety of factors, including your dental insurance plan, whether or not additional procedures are required, and the severity of your case.

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to ensuring that money is not a deterrent to our patients receiving the optimal dental health care they deserve. For this reason, we offer a range of payment options regardless of what type of treatment you are having, which our staff will be happy to explain and assist with. Our office insurance coordinators work with other insurance companies to assist patients with their claims.

For your convenience, Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry accepts cash, check, debit and credit cards (Mastercard, American Express, Visa, and Discover). Our clinic also accepts CareCredit, a financing option for procedures and treatments not typically covered by insurance, or when insurance does not cover the entire cost. We are happy to provide an application in our office or you can apply online at

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Providing you with Optimal Care

At Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are proud to provide optimal care for patients in the Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA area, and are dedicated to collaborating with your dentist to provide you with the customized treatment you deserve. In addition to having state-of-the-art equipment, we are also committed to creating a peaceful and relaxing environment, with amenities such as personal movie screens, neck pillows, and soft blankets available regardless of what procedure you are having performed.

To schedule an appointment for crown lengthening, contact us today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain a bright and healthy smile!

Washington DC

2311 M Street NW Suite 500
Washington D.C. 20037
(202) 296-3360

Alexandria VA

4660 Kenmore Avenue Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 823-2422