Whether you have a gummy smile or need a crown and don’t have enough exposed tooth to hold it, crown lengthening can help to restore you back to full function with a beautiful smile. At Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants in Albany, New York, periodontists Reed Ference, DDS, MDS, Sean Ference, DDS, MDS, and their team provide crown lengthening surgeries for multiple purposes. To learn more, call Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants, or schedule an appointment online today.
Crown lengthening is a procedure to elongate the teeth. While it doesn’t physically make your teeth longer, it shortens the bone and the gums to give your smile better proportions. You may benefit from crown lengthening if you have a gummy smile or if you believe the crowns of your teeth look disproportionately short.
You may also need crown lengthening to help with future procedures. Teeth with large cavities or that have fractured may not have enough exposed material to hold a dental crown. Crown lengthening can create more tooth structure above the bone, preparing you for a crown that lasts a long time and won’t just fall off your tooth.
A typical crown lengthening procedure at Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants takes only about an hour, but that timeframe fluctuates based on the number of teeth you need treated.
Even if you’re only getting crown lengthening for a single tooth, the team may need to adjust the gum line on nearby teeth to make sure the results look even.
The team provides local anesthesia to numb your teeth and gums before the procedure starts. Towards the end of the procedure, the team will clean any incisions and place sutures in the gums to keep their new shape. Depending on whether they're dissolvable, you may or may not need these sutures removed at a future appointment.
Patients who need a crown lengthening procedure at Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants must undergo a treatment consultation. A treatment consultation includes:
If you are receiving a new crown after the crown lengthening procedure, the team at Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants may advise you to see your general dentist first to come in for a temporary crown before the procedure.
You may also need to take other steps before crown lengthening, like stopping certain medications. The team will also discuss what to expect during the recovery.
The recovery from crown lengthening is similar to the recovery from other dental surgeries in terms of post-operative care. You can return to most normal activities right away, but you should hold off on strenuous exercise until your gums heal.
The team will also tell you which foods and drinks to avoid as you recover and how to keep the surgical area clean.
For more information on crown lengthening procedures, call Capital Region Periodontics and Dental Implants, or book an appointment online today.