Crown lengthening is a very common procedure used for functional and cosmetic purposes. In restorative dentistry, crown lengthening is used to prepare the teeth for dental restorations, such as caps and crowns, which require a sufficient amount of tooth structure above the gum line in order to support new restorations. Other patients may elect to undergo crown lengthening in an attempt to cosmetically treat a ‘gummy’ smile. Careful contouring can remove excess gum tissues surrounding the teeth, revealing a more aesthetically appealing smile.
Did you know…
that crown lengthening is not only functionally and aesthetically efficient, but also beneficial to patient health? Gums that extend too far over a natural tooth can be more difficult to clean and keep free of pockets that harbor harmful bacteria. A lengthened crown is more hygienic and easier to clean, reducing the chances of gum disease later on. Untreated gum disease can advance, causing inflammation, bleeding, and even tooth loss.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for crown lengthening treatment?
If your teeth appear short, you may be a candidate for crown lengthening to expose more of your natural teeth. If you visit your dentist for a restoration, you may be referred to a periodontist for crown lengthening treatment if your visible tooth structure is inadequate to support a restoration. Crown lengthening treatment can often help restore a tooth or even a smile.
What should I expect during a periodontal crown lengthening procedure?
Crown lengthening is performed in a periodontist’s office under local anesthetic. During the procedure, Dr. Amid treats gum tissues and bone to expose the underlying tooth. The surgical area will likely require a small number of sutures. The length of the procedure depends on the number of crowns being treated. If you are undergoing crown lengthening to prepare for a restoration, your permanent crown will be placed a few weeks following the procedure.
Will I need to follow any special instructions after a crown lengthening treatment?
Although the surgery itself should not be uncomfortable, you may experience some soreness in the few days immediately following the procedure. Instructions and needed supplies are provided following surgery. Dr. Amid may prescribe pain medication as well as antibiotics to ensure your recovery is free of complication. Be sure to keep the surgical site clean, and schedule a time to return to the office so that we can check your healing.