What is crown lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that exposes more of the tooth’s surface by removing some of the gum tissue and bone around the tooth. This can be done to improve the appearance of the teeth, make them easier to clean, or create more space for a crown or other restoration.
Who needs crown lengthening?
Crown lengthening may be necessary for people who have:
- A tooth that is broken or decayed
- A gummy smile
- A tooth that needs to be crowned
- A tooth that is difficult to clean
- A tooth that is infected
How is crown lengthening done?
Crown lengthening is usually done under local anesthesia, so the patient is awake during the procedure. The dentist will first numb the area around the tooth, and then they will use a scalpel to remove some of the gum tissue and bone. Once the desired amount of tissue has been removed, the dentist will suture the gums back together.
What are the risks of crown lengthening?
The risks of crown lengthening are relatively minor and include:
- Pain and swelling
- Temporary sensitivity to hot and cold
- Incomplete healing
What is the recovery time for crown lengthening?
The recovery time for crown lengthening is usually short. Patients may experience some pain and swelling in the first few days, but this should go away on its own. They will also need to avoid strenuous activity for a few days to allow the gums to heal properly.
What are the benefits of crown lengthening?
The benefits of crown lengthening include:
- Improved appearance of the teeth
- Easier cleaning and care of the teeth
- Increased lifespan of the teeth
Is crown lengthening covered by insurance?
Insurance coverage for crown lengthening varies. Some insurance plans may cover the entire cost, while others may only cover a portion of the cost.
Can I get crown lengthening done at home?
No, crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that should only be performed by a dentist or a periodontist.
What are the alternatives to crown lengthening?
The alternatives to crown lengthening include:
- Placing a crown or other restoration on the tooth without crown lengthening
- Extracting the tooth
What should I do after crown lengthening?
After crown lengthening, you will need to follow your dentist’s instructions for care. This may include:
- Taking pain medication
- Using a soft-bristled toothbrush
- Avoiding strenuous activity
- Avoiding chewing on the affected tooth
How long does it take for crown lengthening to work?
The results of crown lengthening are usually visible immediately after the procedure. However, it may take several weeks for the gums to fully heal. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your dental needs. https://calendly.com/sbenatidentistry/interview
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