What is Crown Lengthening?
By David B. Rosen, DMD
May 09, 2018
Category: periodontics
Tags: Crown Lengthening  

Find out if this surgical procedure could restore your damaged tooth.crown lengthening

There are many cosmetic and restorative benefits that come with crown lengthening. If you are embarrassed by your gummy smile and wish your smile was more proportional then our periodontist in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas, Dr. David Rosen, can help with this procedure.

Besides improving the overall appearance and symmetry of your smile, our periodontal specialist here in Lexington, MA, might also recommend crown lengthening if there is a crack or fracture in a tooth that goes below the gum line or if there isn’t enough tooth to support a restoration like a dental crown or bridge. In these cases, crown lengthening can help reveal more of the tooth and to treat any damage immediately before the problem gets worse.

What goes into crown lengthening?

Before the procedure is performed we will take x-rays of your mouth and also discuss your detailed medical history. We will also need to perform a dental cleaning prior to your surgery.

The first thing that we will do is administer a local anesthesia to numb the area. The length of treatment will depend on how many teeth we need to treat. In some cases, only gum tissue is removed, but sometimes we have to remove both gum tissue and bone. We will make small incisions in the gums to pull them away from the teeth. By removing excess gum tissue we can often reveal as much of the tooth that’s needed either for cosmetic or restorative purposes. Once the gum tissue and/or bone have been removed, we will stitch up the gums.

We will provide you with thorough instructions on how to care for your smile while your mouth heals. In about a week to 10 days, you’ll come back into the office to have the stitches removed. During that time if you notice any of these signs of infection you must call us right away:

  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Severe or worsening pain that pain relievers can’t treat
  • Swelling or discharge from the gums
  • Swollen lymph nodes under the jaws

Call our periodontist in Lexington, MA and serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas about whether crown lengthening surgery is right for you.

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