When Is Crown Lengthening Recommended? - Dr. Colin Richman

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When Is Crown Lengthening Recommended?

June 15, 2012

By: Dr. Colin Richman

Crown lengthening is a procedure in which a portion of the gum tissue is removed to expose more of the tooth. Sometimes it also involves removing bone that normally surrounds the tooth roots. Our periodontists can determine if crown lengthening is required based on certain criteria.

Restorative Crown Lengthening

One common situation in which crown lengthening is recommended is when a tooth requires a crown, but only a small portion of it shows above the gum line. This can occur if the tooth has been broken off due to trauma or if the tooth is naturally very small. In this case, the periodontist will remove enough gum tissue and bone tissue if necessary to expose the tooth enough to make room for a permanent crown.

This procedure can also be recommended if a tooth is decayed below the gum line. Gum tissue is removed to expose the decayed area so that it may be properly treated. After the relevant area of the tooth is exposed, the dentist can remove the decay and place a filling to restore the tooth.

Cosmetic Crown Lengthening

If your teeth are small and do not look correctly proportioned for the size of your face, crown lengthening can make them look longer and give you a more balanced smile. The procedure might involve one tooth or several teeth depending upon the final appearance your desire.

Crown lengthening is a procedure in which a portion of the gum tissue is removed to expose more of the tooth.

Whether crown lengthening is performed for restorative or cosmetic reasons, it is done in the same way. Usually it is performed in the dental office under local anesthesia. Gum tissue is drawn back and removed or reshaped. If necessary, bone is also removed. When the desired contours are achieved, the gum tissue is sewn into place.

Proper care is necessary to prevent infection or other complications, as with any surgery. After healing of cosmetic crown lengthening, your smile will be more balanced and attractive.

To find out how this procedure could benefit your smile, contact our office, serving Roswell GA and surrounding areas, at 770-442-1010 to schedule a consultation today.

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