Crown Lengthening

Improving dental appliance success rate

By exposing more of the tooth’s healthy surface area, this procedure can improve the success of restorative dental appliances and fix gummy smiles.

What you need to know about Crown Lengthening

Reasons you might need crown lengthening

The main reasons for crown lengthening include:

  • Not enough of the tooth in place to hold the crown on its own
  • Teeth that are broken or affected by tooth decay may prohibit a crown from firmly attaching
  • Reducing gum tissue and shaving down bone when necessary so more of the tooth is above the gum’s surface
  • A properly fitted crown allows for better oral hygiene and comfort
  • To alter a “gummy smile,” in which the gums are visible above the teeth when smiling

Is crown lengthening painful?

After the local anesthesia has worn off, you may feel some crown lengthening pain but this will be managed by pain relievers. You will also be given a special mouth rinse which will help your gum to heal faster.

Can you drive home after crown lengthening?

Patients typically receive a local anesthetic; however, if significant crown lengthening is required, you may want to discuss other sedation methods. Depending on the type of anesthesia used, you may not be able to drive yourself home from the procedure. As a result, you’ll want to arrange transportation ahead of time.

How long is recovery from crown lengthening?

The Crown lengthening procedure takes approximately three months to heal.

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