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What are the risks of crown lengthening?

The risks of crown lengthening are the same as those for any periodontal procedure. They include swelling, discomfort, post-op bleeding, infection, sensitivity of tooth (if it has not had root canal treatment), and the tooth appearing a bit longer after restoration.

In reality, the risks are minimal for the benefit of maintaining the tooth. Crown lengthening is performed so that the crown will be able to have a satisfactory "grip" around the circumference of the root in order to help achieve adequate retention of the crown or restoration.
There are some risks to crown lengthening, such as excessive bleeding, infection, or slow wound healing. You may also experience some sensitivity of your teeth and/or gums to temperatures because more of the tooth roots are showing. This sensitivity may or may not go away completely.

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