Mucogingival Surgery and Crown lengthening

Mucogingival surgery and/or crown lengthening are carried out to correct defects of the gums. Not all cases are suitable for treatment; your dentist will be able to advise you about this.

Crown lengthening may be required for aesthetic reasons or if your dentist wants to make more of the tooth visible in order to be able to place a crown on it for example.

Mucogingival surgery aims to improve defects where severe gum recession has occurred and aims to widen the band of attached gingivae.

It can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly.

A number of mucogingival surgical procedures are available to increase the width of attached gingiva.

These include the use of free gingival grafts, pedicle grafts (e.g. laterally re-positioned grafts, coronally repositioned flaps) and subepithelial connective tissue grafts.

The use of these procedures can lead to the formation of a stable, non-inflamed band of attached gingival tissue.