What Is Crown Lengthening?
When overgrown gum tissues create the look of a gummy smile or inhibit the restoration of a tooth, we may recommend a crown lengthening procedure. Crown lengthening is a commonly performed periodontal treatment that helps patients achieve aesthetic and functional oral health goals. With this procedure, our team removes gum (and often bone) tissue from the gumline to reveal a greater surface area of the teeth and enhance the look and health of the smile. If you're bothered by the look of a gummy smile or need to have a tooth repaired but lack adequate space for a dental restoration, you may benefit from a crown lengthening procedure. Schedule a consultation at Cranston Dental Group today and find out if this type of gum treatment is right for your smile.
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am I a good candidate for crown lengthening surgery?
You may be a good candidate for a crown lengthening procedure if you have excessive gum (or bone) tissue that affects your smile or oral health. We offer crown lengthening services to meet the various needs of our patients:
- Aesthetic crown lengthening eliminates the look of short teeth, achieving a better balance between the teeth and gums for a more attractive appeal.
- Functional crown lengthening is performed when a damaged tooth needs to be repaired but there is not enough tooth structure to hold a filling, crown, or other dental restoration.
If you're considering crown lengthening, you should be in good overall health, particularly with regard to the gums. Issues such as gum (periodontal) disease might have to be addressed before we can perform a crown lengthening procedure.
What does a crown reshaping procedure involve?
Before the procedure begins, we will apply local anesthesia to the treatment areas to ensure a comfortable treatment process. Once your mouth is ready, we will gently remove a small amount of the gum tissue at a time to gradually show more of the enamel. In some cases, we may need to slightly reduce the underlying bone to create the necessary space for a dental restoration and achieve the desired cosmetic appeal. We will then shape your gumline for an even look and give it time to heal. Aesthetic and functional crown lengthening procedures are generally completed in one visit to our state-of-the-art practice.
What is recovery like after dental crown reshaping?
Following your treatment, your gums might feel tender and slightly swollen. Over-the-counter pain relievers can typically help to reduce any discomfort. Our team will provide aftercare instructions on how to care for your gums as your mouth heals. It may also be helpful to follow a soft food diet for a few days following your procedure and to brush and floss gently during the recovery period. During your routine dental check-ups at Cranston Dental Group, our team will continue to monitor your oral health and crown lengthening results.
Will insurance cover a lengthening crown treatment?
In some cases, crown lengthening procedures may be covered in part by dental insurance plans. Our financial staff will contact your insurance provider to review your benefits and determine whether there may be any out-of-pocket costs. Cranston Dental Group is pleased to offer a wide selection of flexible payment options, including low-interest medical financing, to help you fit dental care comfortably into your budget.
Enhance Your Health and Smile
Whether you want to improve the look of a gummy smile or restore your oral health, we invite you to learn more about crown lengthening treatments at Cranston Dental Group. Our team has extensive experience in performing aesthetic and functional crown lengthening and other periodontal treatments for patients in the Cranston and Warwick, RI communities. We look forward to helping you enhance your oral health and smile!