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Should You Get Crown Lengthening?

Posted on 2/27/2017 by Doctor Southard
An elderly woman receiving a crown lengthening treatment.
Your smile says a lot about you, and is very often the first thing that people notice about you. If your teeth appear short and small, and your smile "gummy," your smile may not only appear off, it may make you a bit self-conscious. If this is the case, you may benefit from a crown lengthening procedure.

What is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that surgically removes excess gum tissue, and occasionally bone, in order to give your teeth a more normal appearance. While typically a cosmetic procedure, crown lengthening may also be done in the event of tooth damage. The procedure exposes more of the surface of your tooth, which, in turn, allows the tooth to better support a restoration.

How is a Crown Lengthening Done?

The first step of a crown lengthening procedure is a local anesthetic, which numbs the area, preventing you from feeling pain. Cuts are made to pull the gums away from the teeth. In many instances, a small amount of bone will need to be removed as well, in order for a sufficient amount of tooth to become visible. Once finished, your gums will be rinsed with a sterile salt water solution and the gums will then be stitched closed.

Healing after crown lengthening takes approximately one to two weeks. In the beginning, you can take over the counter pain relievers to deal with any discomfort. You may even be prescribed stronger pain relievers in case you need them. You should also stick to a diet of soft foods for a few days to avoid irritating the surgical site. A follow up visit is needed to make sure you are healing properly.

Benefits of Crown Lengthening

There are multiple benefits of crown lengthening:

•  The procedure only needs to be done once.
•  It usually only takes 30 to 60 minutes.
•  You get a full, even, beautiful smile.
•  More tooth surface is exposed, which gives you more surface to brush (less risk for tooth decay).
•  More confidence.

If you are interested in learning more about crown lengthening, or want to find out if it is right for you, contact our office today.

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Steven Southard DDS, MS
Midwest Periodontics
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St Joseph, MO 64506

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