Crown lengthening is a common procedure used to restore damaged teeth, improve cosmetics, and provide more space for dental crowns. During the procedure, we will use a local anesthetic and work to expose more of your natural tooth by reshaping the gum and bone tissue. The extent of the surgery varies from patient to patient. Some need just one tooth treated, while others may need work on the entire gum line to achieve their desired results. Crown lengthening is also used to fix “gummy” smiles by removing excess gum tissue and revealing an aesthetically pleasing grin.