What is crown lengthening?
Crown lengthening is performed when a tooth has insufficient tooth structure above the gum line, making the restoration or filling at risk of decay or plaque accumulation.
Crown lengthening is an oral surgery procedure that reshapes the gum and bone near the teeth. This treatment is often used to correct a gummy smile.
During the procedure, your periodontist will surgically remove excess gum tissue and bone. The gums are then sutured back into place. In most cases, crown lengthening is performed using a local anesthetic. This means that you won't feel any pain during the procedure.
Why might I need crown lengthening?
Crown lengthening is often performed when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration. The tooth may have become decayed or broken below the gum line, and your dentist will need to remove a small amount of gum tissue to ensure the new restoration is stable.
Sometimes a tooth needs to be extracted or removed. Removing a tooth can cause bone loss. This bone loss causes the gum and bone to shrink and recede. This may cause an indentation in the gum and jaw, which makes it difficult to replace a missing tooth with dentures. Crown lengthening surgery is used to remove this excess bone and gum.
When is a crown lengthening procedure needed?
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that removes excess gum tissue and or bone to expose more of your tooth's structure. This minor procedure is done to:
- Remove a "gummy" smile (too much gum tissue)
- Prepare your teeth for a dental crown
- Repair a gum line that has receded or shifted
- Correct a "toothy" smile (too much tooth structure)
What is recovery like after crown lengthening?
After your surgery, you may experience some pain and swelling in your mouth. This can be managed with pain medication. Your gums will likely be tender for about a week. During this time, you should eat soft foods and avoid chewing on the affected teeth.
After your crown lengthening procedure, your dental team will provide you with a detailed list of instructions regarding your post-treatment care. Make sure to follow these instructions closely. This will help to ensure an optimal recovery and a healthy smile.
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