Some patients feel that they have a “gummy” smile, making teeth appear shorter than they are. Crown lengthening is a treatment that exposes more of your natural tooth, and can create a more balanced, attractive look to your smile. The dental problems that could be resolved with crown lengthening include:
- Cosmetically addressing a “gummy” smile
- Front teeth decayed below the gum line
- Restoring damaged teeth (decayed or broken through trauma)
- Insufficient tooth structure in the front teeth currently available for a restoration
- Restoring the health of gums
How Does Crown Lengthening Work?
This procedure is performed under local anesthetic. If you currently have crowns on your front teeth, these will first be removed, and replaced at completion of the process. The removal of a small amount of gum tissue can expose enough of the natural root structure to place a crown on one or more of the front teeth. The time involved in the procedure will vary, depending upon how many of your front teeth will be treated.
Post-Treatment: What To Expect
After you have had this treatment, you will be given full post-treatment instructions, which typically will include:
- Take Ibuprofen or Advil every four to six hours for three to five days to reduce pain and inflammation.
- You may be given prescription pain medication. Take only as directed by your dentist.
- You may be prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection. Take as directed.
- You may have a “periodontal dressing.” This is a special dental dressing that hardens in the mouth, and may be changed or removed during the healing period.
- Soft food diet during healing.
- The use of special mouth washes.
- Avoid very hot or cold foods.
- Do not drink with a straw.
Better Fitting Crowns Are Possible
With crown lengthening, your crowns will fit better and look more attractive. When a tooth requires restoration, it may be necessary to perform this procedure to get the best results. You want a crown to look natural, and to be sturdy and secure. Without enough tooth structure upon which to anchor a crown, this treatment may be necessary for dental and oral health, and a successful crown. If you commonly face periodontal infections, crown lengthening could be the answer to the problem. The recovery time is usually short, and the results can make a significant difference in your quality of life.
We Care About Our Patients
You will never be “just another patient” when you come to one of our offices. Our highly-skilled team of dentists and every person on staff are committed to serving the community with compassion and kindness, and to providing the most positive experience possible. Our pain-free dentistry techniques make it possible to restore your teeth and your smile. Your dental issues are unique to you — you can be confident that we offer all you will need, in one location. Call today to find out about crown lengthening for cosmetic reasons, or to discuss the most effective dental treatment for your individual issues. We use the most advanced techniques and equipment, and our state-of-the-art offices make the entire process better – and our prices are reasonable. Call today for an appointment.