Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure used to remove excess gum and bone tissue from your teeth and makes them look longer. It can be used to treat a single tooth or the entire gum line. Crown lengthening is also used as a cosmetic procedure and treats gummy smiles. It reshapes and contours the gum and bone tissues to render a beautiful and symmetric smile.
What are the benefits of crown lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a versatile dental procedure and has the following benefits:
Gum or periodontal diseases cause extreme damage to the gums and teeth. Teeth become loose and break off at the gumline. Crown lengthening removes gum tissues to expose the tooth surface and prepares it for a dental restoration.
Teeth covered with extra gum tissue look unnaturally short and unsightly. Gummy smiles are also at a greater risk of gum diseases. Crown lengthening treats gummy smiles and makes them symmetric and aesthetically appealing.
Crown lengthening creates more space between a crown and the supporting gums, which ensures a better fit. A properly fit crown assures better oral health and comfort.
Crown lengthening requires a single visit to the dentist's office and is completed in a single appointment. Also, touch ups are not required.
How is crown lengthening performed?
Before performing crown lengthening, your dentist will evaluate your medical history to determine your eligibility. Digital X-rays are used to determine the intricate details necessary for the procedure. The procedure begins with a professional dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar deposits from above and below the gumline. It makes the lengthening procedure easier by determining the amount of gum tissue that requires removal.
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure and is performed under anesthesia. Small incisions are made in the gums to pull them away from the teeth and expose as much tooth surface as possible. In most cases, some bone tissue is also removed. Once enough tooth surface is exposed, the area is disinfected using saline solutions. The gums are then sutured back. Your dentist will secure the surgical site with a periodontal bandage, which helps in preventing infections. We will prescribe several pain killers and antibiotics, depending on your unique individual needs. The surgical site will completely heal in two to three months.
We, at Bliss Dentistry of Campbell, California, cater to all your needs pertaining to dental services and routine exams. Our Campbell dentists with their entire team persevere to provide you with exceptional treatment that enhances and maintains the beauty of your smile. If you have any further question, queries or dental emergencies and are looking for an experienced dentist in the South Bay Area, feel free to contact us at (408) 963-6678 to schedule an appointment.