Crown lengthening

There are two kinds of crown lengthening procedures. The first is Aesthetic to improve or enhance the appearance, the second is functional in order to increase a tooth structural integrity.

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

You may have asked your periodontist about procedures to improve a "gummy" smile because your teeth appear short. Your teeth may actually be the proper lengths, but they're covered with too much gum tissue. To correct this, your periodontist performs a dental crown lengthening procedure.

During the dental crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.

Functional Crown Lengthening

Your dentist or periodontist may also recommend crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. Crown lengthening adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.

If you have not seen a dentist for some time, and you think you may have gum disease, book an appointment to see your Eustace Dental & Implant Clinic dentist in Sevenoaks, straight away on 01732 452233.

Meet our dentist


Ben Palin

Ben is a patient focused dentist who enjoys providing high quality evidence-based dentistry. He strives to combine both aesthetics and function to provide the best possible treatment. Throughout his career he embraced further training and education in order to develop professionally and improve his knowledge and skills for the benefit of his patients.

In the past 6 years he developed and nurtured an interest in periodontology. This started with attending lectures and study clubs and has progressed. He is now in the final year of study of a MClinDent in Clinical Periodontology. He utilises this knowledge and skills by delivering periodontal treatment to the more complex cases within the practices on a daily basis.

Ben joined the Army upon graduation and held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He left the Army in 2019 and is enjoying working in a civilian practice.

Ben's aspiration is to complete the MClinDent and work both as a periodontist and general dentist whilst working towards acceptance on the Specialist list.

He is strong believer in lifelong learning and enjoys learning new and developing existing skills.

Ben attains CPD by reading journals, attending BDA section meetings, organising study days, attending peer reviews and clinical “hands on” meetings and attending the MClinDent modules.

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Portman Dental Care Awards

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Dental Industry Award - Portman Dental Care
The Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care
Private Dentistry Awards - Portman Dental Care
Elite Practice Award - Portman Dental Care

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