Crown lengthening is a very common procedure used for functional and cosmetic purposes. In restorative dentistry, crown lengthening is used to prepare the teeth for dental restorations, such as crowns, which require a sufficient amount of tooth structure above the gum line in order to support new restorations. Other patients may elect to undergo crown lengthening in an attempt to cosmetically treat a ‘gummy’ smile. Careful contouring can remove excess gum tissues surrounding the teeth, revealing a more aesthetically appealing smile.
Did you know…
that crown lengthening is not only functionally and aesthetically efficient, but also beneficial to a patient’s health? Gums that extend too far over a natural tooth can be more difficult to clean and keep free of pockets that harbor harmful bacteria. A lengthened crown is more hygienic and easier to clean, reducing the chances of gum disease. Untreated gum disease can advance, causing inflammation, bleeding, recession and even tooth loss.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for crown lengthening treatment in Southern Texas?
If your teeth appear short, you may be a candidate for crown lengthening to expose more of your natural teeth. If you visit Madden Dental, Dr. Madden will determine if she can offer your teeth the crown lengthening therapy to improve the health and aesthetics of your teeth. It is possible that you may need to be referred to Dr. Madden’s periodontist referral if the tooth condition is severe. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Madden to find out more about your eligibility for crown lengthening.
What should I expect during a periodontal crown lengthening procedure at Madden Dental in Bellaire, Texas?
Crown lengthening is performed in Dr. Madden’s office under local anesthetic. During the procedure, Dr. Madden gently removes gum tissues and bone to expose the underlying tooth. The surgical site will be rinsed, cleansed, and sutured shut. Procedure time depends on the number of crowns being lengthened. If you are undergoing crown lengthening to prepare for a restoration, your permanent crown will not be placed for a short period following the procedure.
Will I need to follow any special instructions following a crown lengthening treatment?
Yes. You’ll experience some swelling and soreness in the initial days following a crown lengthening procedure. Use ice and pain relievers to minimize discomfort, and be sure to take any prescriptions as directed by Dr. Madden. Be prepared to consume a diet composed of softer foods in the days following your procedure for your comfort. Dr. Madden may prescribe pain medication and a steroid to aid in faster, more comfortable healing of the tissues.