In order to prepare a tooth, or teeth, for a cosmetic dentistry procedure, the process of crown lengthening may be performed. This process reshapes both bone and gum tissue, exposing more of the natural tooth. In order to produce an aesthetically pleasing smile, crown lengthening can be performed on the entire gum line, multiple teeth, or just a single tooth.
Crown lengthening is not only quite common in the cosmetic dentistry industry, but quite versatile as well. While the primary reason for crown lengthening is to prepare the mouth for a certain cosmetic procedure, the treatment can be performed for a variety of different reasons:
- Dental Crowns-Crown lengthening may be necessary when a patient is receiving a new crown. Through the process of crown lengthening, more space is exposed between the dental crown and the supporting jawbone. This space keeps the new crown to keep from causing damage to bone and gum tissues once it’s in place.
- Restoration-Tooth decay and trauma are quite common, and can cause severe damage to teeth. When this damage occurs beneath the gum line, crown lengthening can prepare the damaged area for cosmetic restoration.
- Aesthetic Purposes-Extra gum tissue can not only affect the aesthetic appearance of a smile, but can also increase the chance of various infections. In order to create a balanced, pleasant look, as well as decrease the susceptibility to infections, crown lengthening may be done to remove excess gum tissue.
About The Procedure
The crown lengthening treatment is performed by a dentist and typically involves a local anesthetic. The duration of the process is largely dependent on the amount of teeth, or the size of the area, involved. During crown lengthening, the dentist separates the gums away from the teeth, with a series of small incisions. This separation allows the dentist to have access to supporting bones, as well as the roots of the teeth. In some cases, the dentist may need to removed a small amount of bone in addition to the tissue. After achieving the necessary exposure, the affected gum tissue will be sterilized and stitched. Due to the instant repositioning of the gums, the teeth that underwent crown lengthening will look longer immediately. Prescriptions for pain management, as well as mouth rinse to prevent infection many be prescribed. Generally, the area will be healed completely in 2 to 3 months. Most patients who undergo crown lengthening are typically satisfied with their results.