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Esthetic Crown Lengthening: Diagnostic and Surgical Principles by Edward P Allen DDS PhD
19 May 2017 at 6:30pm BST

Posted on 05 September 2016
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Edward P Allen DDS PhD

Esthetic crown lengthening is one of the most satisfying dental procedures for patients, yet it remains one of the least recommended procedures by dentists.  This presentation will describe the diagnostic criteria and techniques for planning treatment in both adolescent orthodontic patients and adult interdisciplinary patients. The surgical technique will be illustrated and the role of osseous surgery for achieving predictable and stable tooth exposure be explained. The limitations of “flapless” osseous surgery will be addressed.

Learning Objectives:

1. State the appropriate age for esthetic crown lengthening surgery.
2. Describe the postsurgical relationship of crestal bone form and level with gingival level.
3. Describe a technique for determining ideal incisal edge position and gingival levels for treatment planning adult interdisciplinary cases.
4. Describe the limitations of “flapless” osseous surgery.