No More Crowning Around: Mastering Crown Lengthening

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Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 9:00am – 5:00pm  
This is a hands-on course. Limited attendance.



Sam Shamardi, DMD
Dr. Shamardi is a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. He works in private practice in Newton, MA and is a Clinical Instructor for the Division of Periodontics at Harvard School of Dental Medicine.



Pinelopi Pani, DDS, CAGS, MS

Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of General Dentistry
Boston University
Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine


A deficiency in clinical crown for proper fixed restoration can be caused by various etiologies such as extensive dental caries and sub-gingival tooth fractures. These problems often lead to restorative difficulties which can be better resolved with the aid of the crown lengthening procedures. Crown lengthening procedures may involve osseous resective therapy in addition to surgical management of soft tissue. These hard- and soft-tissue alterations may be provided in order to obtain a ferrule height and establish a biologic width. This workshop aims to provide the participants with a better understanding of the rationale for crown lengthening, the necessary knowledge to correctly diagnose and provide a treatment plan, as well as hands on experience in performing crown lengthening. The workshop is comprised of 3 hours of didactic lecture and 3 hours of hands-on experience with pig jaw specimen, which will allow the participants to practice full and split thickness flap preparation, resective osseous surgery, and suturing.

Course Objectives

Participants will review and learn:

  • Surgical anatomy and periodontal anatomy
  • Indications and contraindications of crown lengthening
  • Basic concepts of biologic width and ferrule
  • Diagnosing and treatment planning functional crown lengthening
  • Fundamentals of osseous and gingival plastic surgery
  • Instrumentation
  • Incision designs
  • Flap design: Full/split thickness flap reflection
  • Osseous resective surgery
  • Suturing techniques
  • Pain management and post-operative care
Workshop Exercises

(instruments will be provided)

  • Full/Split thickness flap preparation
  • Distal wedge
  • Osseous reduction for elongation of clinical crown (ostectomy, osteoplasty)
  • Suturing techniques
Teaching Method

Lecture and participation, hands-on workshop

Recommended for

General dentists and specialists


“Felt like each and every participant got enough time. Not much crowded so was able to concentrate each step . Dr Pani was of great help as well as Dr. Sam both took extra effort to make sure everyone gets each step correctly . I wish I would have done more courses like this . It was really a great learning opportunity. When I told Joanne last minute about my dietary restrictions she was able to make arrangements for me . I really appreciate.” – Dr. Amarpal Kour Chhabada, April, 2023

“Great hands-on experience delivered with simplicity. Definitely helped me develop skills I can apply towards practice! Would highly recommend!” – Dr. Madhav Logani, April 2023

Additional Information

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Parking is available at a discounted rate.

Date Saturday, March 2, 2024
Time 9:00am – 5:00pm
Price $695
CEUs 7
AGD code 491