Crown Lengthening Frederick, MD
What is Crown Lengthening?Crown lengthening is dental procedure performed in office. We remove excess gum tissue, or sometimes bone, to expose more of the natural tooth structure. By exposing more tooth, we can perform restorative work.
When would I need Crown Lengthening?We may recommend crown lengthening for a variety of reasons. This may include:
|•||A tooth that has broken below the gum line and requires the placement of a dental crown.|
|•||A tooth that does not extend above the gum line in some areas and requires a dental crown.|
|•||A tooth that has decayed below the gum line and we need to remove the decay and repair the portion of the tooth.|
|•||Patients who naturally have a larger portion of excess gum tissue, this is sometimes referred to as a gummy smile.|
Gum Lengthening ProcedureThe procedure to lengthen your gums is a surgical procedure. This means that cuts will be made. At Colliver Dental Group, we like to proceed with this procedure following a dental cleaning. We want to reduce the amount of bacteria present before we open your gums.
The procedure begins with the application of local anesthesia. The time frame of the procedure will be dependent on the treatment needed, but approximately one hour can be assumed. At the appointment, we will discuss a more accurate time frame with you. Even if only one tooth is being lengthened, crown lengthening typically needs to include the neighboring teeth, as well. By shaping all of the teeth in the area, it allows the tissue to be reshaped gradually giving a more natural look. If it is necessary to remove both bone and soft tissue, the procedure may take longer.
We will make the necessary cuts to pull the gums away from the teeth. This exposes the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone. For some cases, this is all that is necessary for the fitting of a dental crown. However, for some patients, we may also remove some bone from around the roots of the teeth. With enough tooth exposed, the surgical area is washed with sterile salt water to promote healing and the gums are stitched together.
If the tooth needs a crown, we may place a temporary crown. This will protect the tooth and may help the surgery be performed with greater ease, because we are able to see how much soft tissue or bone needs to be removed.
Following your procedure, you will be given directions to promote healing, any necessary prescriptions needed for pain and a mouth rinse. We may recommend a soft diet for the first few days following your procedure and show caution when brushing your teeth.
After surgery, your gums and bone may require up to three months to heal. Once healed, we will prepare the tooth again to receive a permanent dental crown.
Our dental office serves many of the surrounding communities around Frederick, MD. We are happy to discuss the crown lengthening procedure with you. Contact our front office team at (301) 662-5914