Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry


Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure that can be used to improve the health of gum tissue or prepare teeth for restorative procedures. In addition, crown lengthenings also correct "gummy" smiles where excess coverings have been placed on one's smile because of their gums being too large and flat against them; this treatment extends natural tooth exposure by reshaping bone and exposing more surface area with aesthetically pleasing results!

Plaque is a bacteria that forms on our teeth and causes bad breath. It attacks soft or gingival tissue around the mouth, which starts out looking like an inflammatory response in order to destroy any kind of infection from plaque before it gets too far along into your system! If you notice some pain when eating certain foods such as hard taco shells then this could just mean one thing: gum recession caused by inflammation between upper beaks (teeth).

What does crown lengthening involve?

Crown lengthening is a popular dental procedure that requires local anesthetic. The time this might take will largely depend on how many teeth are involved and whether any bone needs to be removed along with the soft tissue, but in most cases patients have their existing crowns replaced immediately afterwards so they can get back into their normal routine much quicker than if you had waited weeks or months for new ones after surgery!

Your dentist will make a series of small incisions around the soft tissue in order to separate your gums from their roots. Even if only one tooth requires re-contouring, neighboring teeth usually come along for the ride and get shaped too so that you can have even more beautiful pearly whites! The separation provides access through which treatments such as root canal therapy or braces might be implemented with ease.

If your tooth is badly damaged, the dentist might need to make an exposure in order for them place a crown. They may also remove some bone around it with hand tools and drills that look like they do cavity work!

The teeth will look noticeably longer after surgery because the gums have been repositioned. Your dentist secures a surgical site using an intraoral (periodontal) bandage, which serves to prevent infection and pain medication may be prescribed for you when needed; chlorhexidine helps reduce any bacteria attempting to re-colonize in this time frame too! It takes about two - three months before complete healing occurs at that point.

Reasons for crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is an excellent procedure with many uses and benefits. Most patients who have undergone this type of surgery are extremely happy with their results.

Here are some common reasons for crown lengthening:

  • Restoration of damaged teeth – Periodontal disease can cause severe damage to the teeth, as can trauma and decay. Where teeth have been broken beneath the gum line, crown lengthening can be used to prepare the area for a new restoration to correct the damaged teeth.
  • Cosmetic uses – Extra gum tissue can make teeth look unnaturally short and can also increase susceptibility to periodontal infections. Removing excess gum tissue can restore a balanced, healthy look and improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile. 
  • Dental crowns – Crown lengthening provides more space between the supporting jawbone and dental crown. This prevents the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone once it is in place.