Crown Lengthening
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Crown Lengthening
Crown Lengthening

A procedure, designed to expose more of your tooth structure by reshaping or removing gum tissue and bone.

At Smiley Implants, we offer specialized procedures to improve both the function and aesthetics of your smile. Crown lengthening is one such procedure, designed to expose more of your tooth structure by reshaping or removing gum tissue and bone. Whether for restorative or cosmetic reasons, crown lengthening can enhance your dental health and the appearance of your smile.

What is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that increases the extent of a tooth structure for restorative or cosmetic purposes. This procedure involves reshaping the gum tissue, and sometimes bone, to expose more of the tooth surface. Crown lengthening can be performed on a single tooth, multiple teeth, or the entire gum line, depending on your needs.

Reasons for Crown Lengthening

  1. Restorative Dentistry:

    • Tooth Decay: When decay is located below the gum line, crown lengthening exposes the affected area for treatment.
    • Broken Teeth: Exposing more of the tooth structure allows for the proper placement of a crown or other restorations.
    • Insufficient Tooth Structure: For teeth that need a crown or bridge but lack adequate tooth structure above the gum line, crown lengthening creates the necessary space for a secure fit.
  2. Cosmetic Dentistry:

    • Gummy Smile: Crown lengthening can reduce excessive gum tissue to reveal more of your natural teeth, enhancing your smile's appearance.
    • Uneven Gum Line: Reshaping the gums can create a more symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing gum line.

The Crown Lengthening Procedure

  1. Initial Consultation: Our periodontist will evaluate your oral health, discuss your goals, and develop a personalized treatment plan. X-rays and digital scans may be used to assess the underlying bone structure.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
  3. Gum Tissue Removal: The periodontist carefully removes and reshapes the excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth structure.
  4. Bone Adjustment: In some cases, a small amount of bone around the roots of the teeth is also removed to achieve the desired length.
  5. Suturing: The gum tissue is then sutured in place, and a protective bandage may be applied to promote healing.
  6. Post-Procedure Care: Detailed aftercare instructions are provided to manage discomfort and promote healing.

Recovery and Aftercare

  1. Initial Healing: Swelling and minor discomfort are common and can be managed with prescribed pain medication and ice packs.
  2. Oral Hygiene: Keep the surgical area clean with gentle brushing and antiseptic mouthwash, avoiding direct contact with the gums.
  3. Diet: Stick to a soft food diet for the first few days, avoiding hard, crunchy, or spicy foods that can irritate the surgical site.
  4. Follow-Up Visits: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and to remove any sutures if necessary.

Benefits of Crown Lengthening

  1. Improved Oral Health: By exposing more of the tooth, crown lengthening facilitates better hygiene and reduces the risk of gum disease.
  2. Enhanced Aesthetics: Adjusting the gum line creates a more balanced and attractive smile.
  3. Better Restorations: Provides sufficient tooth structure for crowns, bridges, and other restorations to ensure a secure and lasting fit.
  4. Increased Comfort: Reduces gum irritation and potential damage from ill-fitting restorations.

Crown lengthening is a versatile procedure that can significantly enhance both the function and appearance of your teeth. If you are considering crown lengthening for restorative or cosmetic reasons, contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how this procedure can benefit you. Our team is committed to providing expert care and achieving the best possible outcomes for your dental health and smile.