If your dentist has recommended crown lengthening, you should expect to pay between $1000 and $4000 for a total mouth procedure. There may be additional costs for preparation and a thorough cleaning as well as treatment that may have required the crown lengthening in the first place.
If the procedure is medically necessary, insurance should cover at least part of the cost.
What Is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening, or gum contouring, is a common surgery that lifts the gum line on the upper teeth. The procedure exposes more of the teeth underneath and makes them look longer.
During a crown lengthening procedure, a dentist first numbs the area and then removes some of the gum tissue. The procedure usually lasts about 30 minutes.
How Do I Know if My Child Needs Crown Lengthening?
There are three common reasons for crown lengthening.
People who have tooth decay below the gum line may need crown lengthening to expose more of the tooth and allow the dentist to place a filling.
Some individuals don't have enough of the tooth extending beyond the gum line to support a filling or a crown. Removing some of the gum raises the gum line and allows the dentist to repair the tooth.
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