When Should You Start to Consider Crown Lengthening?
Posted on 10/11/2021 by David Mugford
Crown lengthening is a procedure that involves modifying the gum tissue to expose more of the tooth. This procedure is common among people who complain of having "gummy" smiles. Crown lengthening is also done to provide a stronger base for supporting a dental implant.
Therefore, for your gums to properly bond with a crown, they need a large area of contact. Crown lengthening ensures that the gums hold enough of your crown so that it doesn't leave any space that bacteria can settle in. It also ensures that the implant does loosen. Read to understand when crown lengthening is necessary and what happens during the procedure.
When Crown Lengthening Is Necessary
When you have severe tooth decay deep behind the gum line, crown lengthening is performed to reach the bacteria. People who feel their teeth look too short compared to the size of their gums also come in for crown lengthening. Severe tooth decay can cause extensive tooth damage. During restoration, your tooth might be too damaged to be able to hold the implant in place. Crown lengthening is done to increase the tooth's surface area to provide a stronger bond with the implant.
What Happens During the Procedure?
During the crown lengthening procedure, our periodontist will use special surgical tools to modify the size and contours of your gums to expose the underlying tooth. They will ensure the surface exposed is of the appropriate area to properly bond with the implant. This procedure will go a long way in ensuring that the integrity of your implant is maintained throughout its functional life.
After the procedure, we recommend you avoid the use of alcohol and tobacco. Keeping your mouth clean and free from bacteria will help your gum tissues heal faster. You should avoid extremely hot or cold beverages and foods immediately after the procedure. Although complications after crown lengthening are rare, you should contact us in any unusual cases of swelling, itchiness, rash, discharge, and bleeding. If you are considering crown lengthening, visit our offices for professional care.
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