What is the Purpose of Crown Lengthening

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A crown lengthening is a special procedure that is used to extend the length of the crown, the part of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. This procedure has both restorative and cosmetic purposes. We might recommend it for a tooth that has decay at or near the gum line, if the tooth has broken near the gumline, or if you have a gummy smile.

During the procedure, the affected tissues are numbed. The gums are separated from the tooth or teeth to be treated. The excess tissue is removed, and if necessary, the bone around the tooth can also be contoured. Once more of the crown has been exposed, any needed procedures can be completed. This includes dental fillings and temporary dental crowns. The treated gum tissue will be protected with sutures or special bandages, and once the tissues have healed, the final restoration can be completed.

As with any dental surgery, some discomfort is normal, but most patients heal well. We will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to promote healing. If the procedure was performed for cosmetic reasons, you can continue with other procedures once the tissues have fully healed. Call us to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist.

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Purpose of Crown Lengthening

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Crown lengthening is a procedure in which a dentist removes gum tissue in order to expose more of the tooth. In some cases, bone tissue may also be removed. Crown lengthening has applications in cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

For patients that were born with teeth that seem smaller in comparison to the gums, crown lengthening may be used. Sometimes this condition is called a gummy smile. Our dentist in Northridge can help such patients by removing small amounts of tissue from their gums. This process will lengthen the teeth and can bring them more in harmony with the size of their gums.

Crown lengthening is also used in restorative dentistry when a tooth is not long enough to support a crown. This condition may occur if a patient breaks a tooth below the gum line or has experienced substantial decay below the gumline. By removing gum tissue, it will expose enough of the tooth to allow for the proper placement of a crown. A crown requires a stable base, and the crown lengthening procedure is designed to do just that.

If you feel like you may benefit from a crown lengthening procedure, contact our expert in crown lengthening in Northridge to schedule a consultation.