Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure used to expose more of the visible part of a tooth. Gum tissue and sometimes bone is taken away from around the base to reveal more of the tooth.
Crown lengthening can be used for cosmetic reasons to improve a “gummy” smile where the gum depth reduces the length of the visible tooth. A crown lengthening treatment may also be necessary for some tooth restorations. Where a tooth is broken below the gum line, we use a crown lengthening treatment to expose enough of the tooth in order to be able to prepare and fit a dental crown.
Your dentist will advise you if require a crown lengthening procedure. We will review your medical history and take X-rays and dental scans of your mouth and teeth.
A crown lengthening procedure is carried out under a local anaesthetic to numb the treatment area for minimal discomfort. Your dentist will begin by removing excess gum tissue to expose more of one or more teeth. In the case of teeth below the gum line, some bone material may need to be removed to prepare the tooth to receive a crown.
After the procedure, your gums will be sutured and a sterile bandage applied. We generally ask patients to return to the practice one or two weeks after the procedure to ensure optimal healing.
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