Clinical Crown vs. Anatomic Crown
- The portion of a tooth that is above the gingival margin.
- A tooth that is not fully erupted might have a shorter clinical crown, and once it is fully erupted, has a longer, taller, clinical crown. More is sticking out of the gums.
- Gingival overgrowth can cause the clinical crown to be smaller. A gingivectomy trims away the excess gingiva, making the clinical crown longer.
- Dentists often use the term "clinical crown" to describe the part of the tooth above the gumline, especially in situations where the clinical crown is compromised by deep decay or fracture.
- The portion of a tooth that is occlusally located to the dentinoenamel junction (DEJ).
- This can be thought of as the part of the tooth that is covered with the enamel.