What is crown lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a dental surgery that exposes more of the tooth. It does so by reshaping the gum tissue for either preventative or cosmetic reasons.
It can also be performed to prepare for restoration of teeth that are broken or damaged below the gumline. Crown lengthening also be used to increase the space between the base of a restoration and the gum tissue. That is if that restoration is considered at risk of damaging the tissue.
Sometimes, crown lengthening is also performed for cosmetic reasons. It helps patients achieve a more balanced, appealing look if their smile is ‘gummy'.
What happens during the procedure?
Crown lengthening is performed with the use of anesthesia. Once the area has been numbed, gums are pulled away from the teeth and excess gum tissue is removed. In some cases, bits of bone will have to be removed too.
Once we achieve the effect you want, we'll proceed to washing your gums. Afterwards, we'll gently stitch them up.
The duration of the procedure may vary from one patient to another. Recovery period is short but you need to be extra careful with your choice of food. Your diet should consist of soft food. Pay extra attention too when brushing your teeth.
Advantages of crown lengthening
Crown lengthening is a one-time procedure that benefits patients for the long term. Plus, it doesn't require touch-ups.
If you feel bothered by a ‘gummy smile', you can now enjoy a smile with a less visible gumline. Your gumline will appear symmetrical too. And because more of your teeth are exposed, brushing and flossing will be easier and more effective as well. You can cover more portion of your teeth and prevent risks of developing tooth decay down the road.
Crown lengthening can make a huge difference in your smile. Keep in mind, though, that it's a form of dental surgery. It's crucial to discuss it with your Kitchener dentist first. They'll see if this procedure is right for you.