Crown Lengthening Candidates
By J. Brent Gorrell on September 05, 2018
Do you have a gummy smile or an uneven gum line? If so, a crown lengthening procedure at our Mountain View, CA dental practice can improve the appearance of your smile.
This cosmetic dentistry treatment is most often performed for aesthetic purposes. It involves removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth surface underneath.
Here, our team discusses who is a good candidate for the crown lengthening procedure, the treatment process, and what to expect after your procedure.
General Candidacy for Crown Lengthening
Good candidates for crown lengthening include those who dislike the aesthetics of their smile due to excess gum tissue.
Before undergoing this type of procedure, individuals should be in good oral and overall health. Any serious dental issues, such as tooth decay or periodontal disease, should be treated first.
Cosmetic Crown Lengthening
The gums are meant to frame the teeth, not serve as the primary focal point. Patients who have excess gum tissue typically have teeth that seem shorter or have a boxy appearance.
This is because too much of the natural tooth structure is hidden beneath the gum tissue. During a cosmetic crown lengthening procedure, excess gum tissue is removed and the gum line is reshaped for a more balanced, symmetrical appearance.
Functional Crown Lengthening
Occasionally, crown lengthening is necessary in the field of restorative dentistry as well. Functional crown lengthening may be necessary to properly access tooth structure that is beneath the gum line.
Additionally, crown lengthening may be performed to make more room for a restoration. For instance, if there is too much gum tissue around a natural tooth, a dental crown or veneer may not fit properly. By removing minimal amounts of tissue, more of the tooth structure underneath is exposed, providing a solid foundation for your restoration or veneer.
Crown Lengthening Treatment Process
To begin the crown lengthening procedure, local anesthesia is administered for your comfort. Paying close attention to the cementoenamel junction (CEJ), your doctor will determine how much gum tissue should be removed for optimal aesthetic results.
Next, excess gum tissue is removed with a laser, and the gum line is recontoured. When the procedure is performed with a soft tissue diode laser, stitches are generally not necessary. Once the procedure is completed, patients can leave our office with an improved smile and a boost in confidence.
Healing and Recovery
There is not a significant amount of downtime required after crown lengthening. In fact, most patients can return to work in one to two days. Although slight bleeding and swelling is normal following this procedure, these side effects should start to diminish after 48 to 72 hours. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to mitigate any discomfort.
Explore Your Crown Lengthening Candidacy
If you are interested in learning more about crown lengthening or exploring your treatment options, schedule a consultation at our practice today. Call us at (650) 399-9657 or contact us online anytime.
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