Crown Lengthening Recovery Instructions

Dental Crown Lengthening Post-Op Instructions

Bite on the gauze pad until there is no active bleeding. The bleeding should stop in a few hours following your surgical procedure. Light spotting for the next couple of days can be expected.


Take your first dose of lighter pain medication (ex. Ibuprofen) before the numbness wears off and then every six hours as needed for pain. If you are still having discomfort, take the stronger prescribed pain medication every 6 hours alternating with the lighter pain medication. Start taking the prescribed antibiotics the day of the surgery and follow instructions until finished.


You have been given instructions on rinsing; use 1 teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water and use it as a rinse to promote healing.


The surgical site will need to heal for 3-4 weeks before the final crown can be placed. During the healing time, it is very important to keep the area clean. Brush the area well, at least twice daily. Some bleeding is normal after brushing.

Do not chew on the side of your mouth which the crown lengthening was done until your permanent crown has been placed by your general dentist.