Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that involves reshaping the gums and sometimes the underlying bone to expose more of the tooth. It is done when there is not enough tooth structure for a restoration or when there is excessive gum tissue. The procedure is done under local anesthesia, where the gums are gently pulled back to expose the tooth and, if necessary, some bone may be removed. Crown lengthening can be done for functional or aesthetic reasons. After the procedure, temporary discomfort may occur, and proper oral hygiene is important for healing. Follow-up visits will be scheduled to monitor progress.Reasons for crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is a versatile and common procedure that has many effective uses and benefits.  The vast majority of patients who have undergone this type of surgery are highly delighted with the results.

Crown lengthening is commonly done for the following reasons:

  1. Restoration of damaged teeth: To prepare the area for a new restoration when teeth are damaged below the gum line.
  2. Cosmetic purposes: To remove excess gum tissue, improving the appearance of teeth and reducing the risk of gum infections.
  3. Dental crowns: To create space between the supporting jawbone and the crown, preventing damage to gum tissues and ensuring a successful restoration.

Crown lengthening addresses these reasons and plays an important role in dental health, aesthetics, and the success of restorative treatments.

What does crown lengthening involve?

Crown lengthening involves these steps:

  1. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is used to ensure comfort during the procedure.

  2. Incisions: The dentist makes incisions in the gum tissue to access the tooth and bone underneath.

  3. Tissue removal: Excess gum tissue and, if needed, a small amount of bone are removed to expose more of the tooth.

  4. Tissue adjustment and suturing: The dentist reshapes the gum line and secures the gums in their new position with sutures.

  5. Post-operative care: Patients receive instructions for oral hygiene, pain management, and follow-up visits.

Crown lengthening is an outpatient procedure, and healing typically takes a few weeks. Following the dentist's instructions is important for a successful recovery.

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