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Crown Lengthening

Adjust the gum and bone level to expose more of your tooth, enhancing aesthetics and function.

Introduction to Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a dental procedure aimed at reshaping the gum tissue and sometimes the underlying bone around a tooth. This treatment is often used to expose more of the tooth's structure for restorative or cosmetic purposes.

Benefits of Crown Lengthening

  • Facilitates Restorative Procedures: Crown lengthening can expose more of the tooth structure to properly fit dental crowns or other restorative devices.
  • Improves Tooth Proportions: It helps balance the proportions of the teeth for a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • Enhances Gum Health: By removing excess gum tissue, crown lengthening can help reduce periodontal pockets and improve gum health.

When Is Crown Lengthening Recommended?

Crown lengthening is typically recommended in the following scenarios:

  • Restorative Dentistry: To provide adequate structure for a dental crown or bridge when there isn't enough tooth above the gum line.
  • Cosmetic Enhancement: To correct a "gummy smile" where teeth appear short because of excess gum tissue.
  • Health Reasons: To access decay below the gum line and allow for proper restoration of the tooth.

What to Expect During the Crown Lengthening Procedure

The process of crown lengthening involves several key steps:

  1. Initial Evaluation: Your dentist will assess the tooth and gums to determine the extent of the procedure needed. X-rays may be taken to evaluate the bone structure around the tooth.
  2. Local Anesthesia: To ensure comfort, local anesthesia will be administered in the area where the procedure will be performed.
  3. Reshaping Gums and Bone: The dentist will then carefully reshape the excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of the tooth underneath.
  4. Recovery and Healing: The gums are sutured, and a follow-up appointment is scheduled to monitor healing. Healing typically takes about 3 to 6 weeks.

Post-Procedure Care

After crown lengthening, it is crucial to follow specific care instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. This includes managing swelling with cold compresses, eating soft foods, and avoiding strenuous activities for a short period. Proper oral hygiene, including gentle brushing and rinsing with salt water, is recommended to aid the healing process.

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If you think crown lengthening might be right for you, or if you want to learn more about how this procedure can enhance your dental health and aesthetics, contact us today. Our skilled dental team is ready to help you achieve a healthier, more attractive smile.

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