Crown lengthening is an oral procedure in which excess gum tissue is removed to expose more of the natural tooth structure. Crown lengthening is recommended when a patient has excess gum tissue, which can cause teeth to look long and stubby. The procedure may also be recommended if a tooth has a "gummy" appearance due to excess gum tissue.
Why Might I Need Crown Lengthening?
Your gum tissues cover your teeth like a cap. This gum tissue should fit snugly around the teeth, but if your gum line recedes, it may be exposing more of your tooth than it should. Crown lengthening is a common procedure used to expose more of your tooth enamel, making teeth appear longer and relieving any sensitivity or pain caused by exposed roots.
What Results Can I Expect?
Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that can be performed to improve a smile. It's often performed when a tooth has been broken off at the gum line or has not come in completely. It can also be used to improve the health of the gum tissue or prepare the mouth for future procedures or restorations.
How Is the Procedure Performed?
During your consultation, our dentist in Covington will examine your teeth and gums and talk to you about your medical history. If crown lengthening is the right procedure for you, then we will continue with the procedure.
To perform the crown lengthening procedure, we will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area where the procedure will be performed. Then, we will reshape your gum line and reposition any surrounding tissue before removing any excess gum and bone tissue.
Prior to the treatment, our patients are encouraged to talk to our dentist about any concerns they have about their smile.
What Happens After the Procedure?
While crown lengthening is usually a safe procedure, you may still experience bleeding, pain at the grafting site, and sensitivity of adjacent teeth after the procedure. This is normal and will reduce within a few days or weeks.
Patients will be able to eat, speak and brush their teeth normally, and they should be able to return to their daily routine a few days after the surgery. Until then, patients should avoid chewing on the treated area.
At Wade K. Marler, D.D.S, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (253) 852-0480 or visit us at 17203 SE 270th Pl, Covington, WA