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Crown Lengthening

When you think of a beautiful smile, what comes to mind? Many people tend to think about the teeth—how white and bright they are, how straight they are, and that they are free from blemishes. While an important factor, your teeth are only one part of the equation. Your gums are also an integral component of a great smile. No matter how perfect your teeth are, excess gum tissue can take away from their appearance, dulling your smile and your confidence. At Prosthodontic Dental Group, we can help you to have the smile you've always wanted with crown lengthening.

What Crown Lengthening Involves

Crown lengthening is a procedure that we perform to remove the excess gum tissue that is leaving you with a "gummy" smile. This excess gum tissue can cause your adult teeth to appear much smaller than they are. It can also provide more hiding spaces for oral bacteria, which can then leave you at a greater risk of developing gum disease. With a crown lengthening, we can restore a more even, natural gum line, while at the same time making your teeth appear longer. In some cases, this procedure may also involve the removal of a small amount of bone to provide you with the best possible results.

How is crown lengthening done?

Sacramento, CA woman showing her new smile after a crown lengthening procedure by her dentist.A crown lengthening is done under a local anesthetic. If you are feeling nervous, however, we can provide you with sedation so that you can relax. The amount of time it takes to complete this procedure depends on your specific situation—how many teeth are being corrected and whether or not any bone needs to be removed. Even if you only need one tooth corrected, we will also work on the adjacent teeth, which will allow us to provide you with a much more natural appearance.

After the anesthetic, your procedure begins with small incisions in the gum tissue, which enables us to separate the tissue from your teeth. The tissue is pulled back so that we can gain access to the roots of the targeted teeth and the jawbone. Excess tissue is removed. If your specific situation calls for it, we will also remove a small amount of bone. Finally, your gums are cleaned with a sterile solution and sutured closed against your teeth.

Other Uses for a Crown Lengthening Procedure

Crown lengthening is commonly used for aesthetic purposes. It also has some functional purposes as well, including:
•  The placement of dental crowns. Dental crowns are used to restore damaged teeth. To be successful, they need to properly cover the entire crown of the tooth. If there is excess gum tissue, it can affect the placement of the crown, rendering it ineffective. With a crown lengthening, we can expose enough of the tooth so that the crown can be effectively placed.
•  Filling cavities in the teeth. If a cavity is right at the gum line, it can be difficult for us to completely clean it out and fill it. A crown lengthening provides us with the access we need to ensure that the entire cavity is taken care of and properly filled.
•  Periodontal health. Excess gum tissue provides more hiding places for oral bacteria. It can be difficult to keep this tissue properly cleaned, so the bacteria can multiply and irritate the tissue, which can then lead to gum disease. By removing excess tissue, your gums are easier to care for, and your risk for gum disease is decreased.

A crown lengthening can greatly enhance the beauty of your smile, which can go a long way in improving your confidence. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact Prosthodontic Dental Group today.
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