Crown lengthening & shortening is a common procedure that is performed to fix cosmetic issues

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CROWN LENGTHENING in Rockford, Dixon, Janesville, and Madison

Crown lengthening and shortening is a common procedure that may be performed to correct cosmetic issues, such as a gummy smile, or in preparation of other restorative periodontal procedures, such as dental crowns. The crown lengthening or shortening procedure involves recontouring the gum line by removing small amounts of tissue in order to expose more natural tooth. By removing gum tissue and realigning your gum line, more tooth will be visible, which creates an improved balance between your teeth and gums, resulting in a healthy, full, natural-looking smile. Removal of this tissue also makes it possible for your periodontist to address decay that has developed prior to placement of a dental crown.

With over 60,000 dental surgeries performed and over 20,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment for crown lengthening and shortening, or if you have any additional questions concerning the procedure or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.

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Rockford, ILLINOIS

1055 Featherstone Road, Suite B
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 261-1739
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Dixon, IL 61201
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111 North Main Street
Janesville, WI 53545
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Madison, WI 53719
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Dr. Lindman is a native of Rockford. Dr. Lindman received his professional degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Dentistry. His graduate training in periodontics was completed at Northwestern University College of Dentistry Where he received a Certificate Degree in Periodontics and a Master of Science degree.


Dr. Burch grew up in Villa Park, IL. Dr. Burch attended Eastern Illinois University, where he majored in Biochemistry. Dr. Burch earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.  He received his Certificate Degree in Periodontics and Master of Science from Saint Louis University.


Dr. Hull grew up in Monmouth, IL. Dr. Hull earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Southern Illinois University and his Certificate in Periodontics from Saint Louis University, Department of Periodontics. While at Saint Louis University, Dr. Hull completed an anesthesia program and uses sedation and pain control techniques in his practice.


Dr. Andreasen grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Clemson University. She attended the University of Louisville School of Dentistry to receive her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Dr. Andreasen continued there to complete a residency in Periodontics and earned a Master of Science in Dentistry.


Dr. Novin Pishevar grew up in Carol Stream, Illinois and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Health with a focus on aging populations from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. After college, Dr. Pishevar received his dental education from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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What to Expect During the Crown Lengthening and Shortening Procedure

Prior to performing the crown lengthening and shortening procedure, we will conduct an in-depth dental and medical health history review to determine the underlying reason why crown lengthening and shortening is necessary. This process will include an examination of your bite and for any indications of loose teeth, bone loss, TMJ, oral cancer, or signs of periodontal disease.

Once the underlying cause has been identified and it is determined that crown lengthening and shortening is the appropriate treatment option for you, the procedure will begin with administration of a local anesthetic and/or sedation. Following this, we will begin making a series of incisions at the gum line in order to separate the teeth and gums. When crown lengthening is performed in preparation of dental restoration placement, it may be necessary to modify the underlying bone to allow for proper placement of a crown. Once the exposed roots and bones are reduced, we will contour the surrounding teeth by removing tissue until enough tooth is visible and the desired gumline is achieved. Finally, we will review the aesthetic appearance of your new gumline and place sutures over the area, after which the procedure will be complete.

Crown lengthening and shortening can typically be completed in one hour, though surgery may take longer if bone needs to be removed and/or how many teeth are being treated.

Aftercare Following Crown Lengthening and Shortening

Recovery time following a crown lengthening and shortening procedure typically takes between 1-2 weeks or faster, depending upon the severity of your case. Patients who receive heavier sedation following the procedure may experience some grogginess, but this should go away after a few hours. Following your crown lengthening and shortening procedure, it will be necessary to wear bandages to reduce your risk of develop infections. In addition to wearing these bandages after your crown lengthening and shortening procedure, it is essential to follow these, and any additional post-operative instructions provided by your periodontist to minimize risks and enjoy a fast recovery.

  • To reduce pain or discomfort, take the recommended dosage of prescribed painkillers and/or over-the counter medication.
  • To reduce swelling, apply an ice bag over the area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
  • Do not spit, rinse, or use a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Avoid intense physical activity and rest as much as possible for the first 24 hours.
  • Eat soft foods such as applesauce, yogurt, pudding, or soup for the first two weeks and slowly reintroduce harder foods as the healing process progresses.
  • Continue practicing good oral hygiene habits and scheduling regular periodontal exams to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease.

By following these instructions and continuing to keep your teeth and gums clean, you will enjoy a fast healing process and can return to your normal routine as quickly as possible.

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Cost of Crown Lengthening or Shortening

The cost of crown lengthening and shortening will depend on several factors, such as whether or not dental sedation is used, the severity of your case, and your dental insurance plan. It is important to be aware that if crown lengthening and shortening is being performed for cosmetic purposes, it may not be covered under your dental insurance plan.

At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require. If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.

Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.

Periodontal Care You Can Trust at featherstone

At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing high-quality care and supporting your efforts to enjoy good periodontal health by identifying and correcting periodontal issues early, and implementing correct and consistent oral health self-care. Although we offer a range of surgical treatment options for periodontal disease and its associated health and cosmetic impacts, our primary focus is to provide conservative treatment, avoiding surgery whenever possible.

To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for crown lengthening and shortening, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, our Janesville office at 608.208.1576, or our Madison office at 608.416.5205.