What is crown lengthening?
During a crown lengthening procedure, your dentist will work to expose more of the tooth’s surface. This usually involves removing some of the gum tissue covering the tooth and shaving down any excess bone that is not needed.
Why would I consider crown lengthening?
There are two main reasons people undergo crown lengthening – to prepare for a crown, or to improve the appearance of their smile.
Dental crowns are an extremely common solution to repair or replace teeth that are damaged or missing. For some people, the procedure involved with installing a crown is simple, as the structure of their jaw, teeth, and gums allows the dentist to easily attach the crown. For others, there just isn’t enough tooth exposed to support the crown on its own. This is especially common when a crown is being installed to correct a cracked or broken tooth. In these cases, patients will sometimes need a crown lengthening procedure.
While this is the most common reason to perform a crown lengthening procedure, it’s also common for people to request a crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons. There are many people who complain of a ‘gummy smile,’ meaning that when they smile, there is too much gum showing and not enough teeth. This can be fixed through the removal of excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth’s surface. The result is a smile that shows more tooth and less gums.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Crown lengthening is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can go home right afterwards. Because the procedure involves cutting into the gums to pull them away from the teeth and expose the roots and bones, your dentist will use a form of sedation to prevent you from feeling pain throughout the procedure.
When you wake up, you will likely still be groggy and under the influence of the anesthetic, so it will be important to have someone with you to make sure you get home safely.
When the sedation fully wears off, you’ll feel some discomfort as the tissues heal. Your dentist will likely prescribe pain killers to make the healing process more comfortable.
If you want to learn more about crown lengthening or any other dental procedure, call our team at Maple Mews Dental to schedule an appointment today. We’ll assess the current condition of your teeth and gums, discuss your options, and work with you to develop a treatment plan that works for your unique situation.
Our dental office is conveniently located on Fairview, across from Maple Mall in Burlington. We are open and always accepting new patients.