Clinical Crown Lengthening
Both Dr. Cristoforo and Dr. Neidhart are skilled in crown lengthening, a surgical procedure many people need when a patient’s levels of gum tissue, and sometimes the bone, in order to improve the health of the gum tissue, prepare the mouth for a restorative procedure, or for cosmetic purposes (i.e.: correct a “gummy” smile).
What Is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is done when your periodontist must adjust the levels of gum tissue and sometimes bone around a tooth in order to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship. Often this is used to fix a damaged or altered tooth before a permanent restoration is affixed. Other times, it is performed for aesthetic or functional reasons; it can be used on patients whose teeth appear too short, or their gum line is uneven or “gummy.”
Crown Lengthening for Restorative Purposes
Sometimes a tooth is decayed or broken below the gum line, or has insufficient tooth structure for a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or veneer. Crown lengthening allows your periodontist to adjust the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so the restoration can fit correctly.
How Is the Procedure Done?
During crown lengthening, your periodontist removes excess gum tissue and sometimes bone to expose more of the tooth crown, the white enamel-covered part of the tooth. Once it is removed, the gum line is then sculpted to create a more correct proportion between gum tissue and tooth surface.
This can be done to one tooth to even out your gum or to several teeth to expose a natural and broad smile.
Do Patients Need to Be Put Under?
Not at all! Local anesthetic is used to numb the area. Patients are able to drive themselves to and from the appointment without a problem.
Will There Be Follow Up Appointments?
Yes. It is crucial to schedule and keep your post operative appointments so your periodontist can ensure you are healing correctly. Even if you do not feel any pain, it is important to make sure everything is healthy and going according to plan.
For at home care, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day to remove plaque and debris from around the teeth and gums. Floss at least once a day to remove it from between the teeth and below the gum line. And of course, always see your periodontist for a periodontal evaluation once a year to accurately screen for periodontal disease.
Healthy Gums Are Imperative for Crown Lengthening Procedures
Crown lengthening can provide a solution to optimize the health, appearance, and comfort of your teeth. This procedure can give you a beautiful new smile and boost your overall confidence, but most importantly, it can help improve your overall periodontal health.