Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that involves removing gum tissue and sometimes bone to expose more of a tooth's surface. It is typically performed when insufficient tooth structure above the gumline supports a dental restoration, such as a crown or bridge. At Lutke Dental, crown lengthening can also be done for cosmetic purposes to enhance the appearance of a "gummy" smile, where excessive gum tissue covers a significant portion of the teeth.
Crown lengthening can improve oral health by making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. When excessive gum tissue covers the teeth, it can be challenging to effectively brush and floss, leading to plaque and bacteria buildup. By reshaping the gum line, crown lengthening allows for better access to the tooth surface and improves the effectiveness of oral hygiene practices.
Excess gum tissue can trap food particles and bacteria, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Crown lengthening reduces the pocketing between the gum and tooth, making cleaning easier and reducing the likelihood of plaque accumulation and subsequent dental issues.
In cases where a tooth has broken close to the gum line, crown lengthening can be performed to expose more tooth structure for restoration. This enables the dentist to restore the tooth with a crown or other restorative treatment.
The dentist or periodontist will numb the area with a local anesthetic during the crown lengthening procedure. They will then make incisions in the gum tissue to lift it away from the tooth and gain access to the underlying bone. Sometimes, a small amount of bone may be removed to create more space. The gum tissue is repositioned and stitched back into place, exposing more of the tooth.
After the procedure, the area may be sore and swollen, and over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. It is essential to follow proper oral hygiene practices and avoid chewing on the treated area during the healing process.
Crown lengthening allows for a better fit of dental restorations and can improve the long-term success of the restoration by ensuring an adequate amount of tooth structure for support. The procedure can also create a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile by creating a proper proportion between the teeth and gums.
Suppose crown lengthening is necessary for dental treatment or to address cosmetic concerns. In that case, it is best to visit Lutke Dental at 5045 Lorimar Dr #110, Plano, TX 75093, or call (972) 378-4141 to consult our skilled dentist, who can evaluate your situation and provide appropriate recommendations.