Crown lengthening is a common dental procedure. When performed by your qualified dental provider, you should see an increase in the long-term health of your teeth.
If your child’s dentist recommends crown lengthening, you can expect to pay between $1,000 and $4,000 for a complete-mouth procedure. There may be additional services required depending on your situation. Plan for extra costs, for services like cleaning and preparation.
In some cases, when the procedure is deemed medically necessary by a dentist, insurance companies will cover a portion of the cost. Get in touch with your insurance provider ahead of the procedure to find out what forms and documents they require.
Crown lengthening, also know as gum contouring, is a common surgical procedure in which a dentist reshapes gum and sometimes bone tissue to expose more of the tooth. A dentist may recommend crown lengthening for cosmetic or medical reasons. (More on that below.)
The procedure takes about 30 minutes. The dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area, so there’s little or no pain. Once the area is numb, the dentist will remove the excess tissue using a scalpel, laser, or electrically heated device.
Again, a dentist may recommend crown lengthening for cosmetic or medical reasons. Reasons for crown lengthening include:
Your child’s crown lengthening cost depends on several factors, like:
In cases where crown lengthening is used to facilitate a procedure treating tooth decay, your insurance provider will likely cover part of the cost. Insurance won’t cover any costs for a cosmetic procedure, but our Kool Smiles Kids Club partner dentists can work with you to find a financing option or payment plan that works for you.