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A crown can also be used to complete dental treatments, like bridges, root canals, and dental implants. Crowns must be able to fit on an existing tooth firmly.
Crown lengthening can help patients with “gummy smile”! Dental surgeons perform crown lengthening by recontouring gum tissue, and sometimes bone, to expose more of a tooth’s surface for a crown. It’s a common procedure and often takes less than an hour to complete.
Preparing for a Crown Lengthening Procedure
Before the surgery, your medical history and X-rays will be reviewed. During this appointment, you should talk to your dentist about any medications you take. They’ll let you know if you need to discontinue any of them for the procedure.
Crown Lengthening Procedure
During the crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, your entire gum line, or to several teeth, to expose a natural, broad smile.
Your dentist may also advise crown lengthening to make a restorative or cosmetic dental procedure possible. Perhaps your tooth is decayed, broken beneath the gum line, or has inadequate tooth structure for a restoration like a crown or bridge.
Crown lengthening helps adjust the gum and bone to expose more of the tooth, so it can be restored.
The Recovery Process
Follow these tips:
- Take over-the-counter or prescription medication
- Use an ice pack
- Avoid hot foods and drinks for the first 24 hours
- Leave dressings in for 7 to 14 days
- Brush carefully
- Wear your stent or denture
- Eat a soft food diet
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid prodding the area
Crown Lengthening at Dentists on Vincent
For more information about crown lengthening, or if you have any questions pertaining to other dental restoration treatments and procedures, please feel free to contact us at Dentists on Vincent!
Our highly trained staff will guide you in deciding which treatment options or procedures are best for you.
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We are located at 322 Vincent Street in Leederville.
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Some people also find their teeth are more sensitive to hot and cold after the surgery, as the roots are now exposed. However, this sensitivity should go away as the gums heal.
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