Crown lengthening treatment is a dental procedure that has one of two goals: Removing excess gum tissue to expose more tooth structure for either esthetics or to provide structural support for a crown. This is common when a patient has a “gummy” smile or short teeth.
The second reason for gum recontouring crown lengthening would be to remove excess tissue that is not allowing the patient to properly cleanse the pockets around the tooth itself. By lowering the height of the gums, it would make it so a toothbrush can actually reach the bottom of the pocket that surrounds the tooth.
If a tooth is fractured below the gumline but the root is still intact, doing crown lengthening will give the dentist more tooth structure to actually hold onto when preparing the tooth for a new crown.
How would I know if I am a candidate for crown lengthening?
Not everyone is a candidate for this procedure. Some people who have very thin gum tissue covering their jawbone may not be ideal candidates for this surgery.
How is the crown lengthening procedure done?
There are a couple of different ways we may do this process. In simpler cases, we may be able to achieve a desirable result simply using a conservative approach with a dental laser. This is ideal for minor recontouring or trimming around a tooth.
If there has been significant bone loos and the tooth is not loose, then by doing a surgical flap and cleaning off the tooth, smoothing the bone and repositioning the tissue downward, we can achieve a more esthetic and cleansable area. This can also help with creating space for the height needed when supporting a crown on the remaining tooth structure.
Give us a call to see what your options are for saving your teeth, and improving your smile using crown lengthening. If you are in Spring Lakes Heights, Sea Girt, Manasquan, Belmar, Neptune City, Bradley Beach, Brick Township and Wall Township areas, contact Dr Avi Israeli at Sage Dental & Spa. We are currently accepting NEW PATIENTS!
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