Dental crown lengthening is a type of oral surgery that is performed for a variety of dental health problems, including gum health, restorative procedures and cosmetic procedures. Using a dental laser, the surgery involves removing gum tissue and sometimes bone to expose more of the tooth’s structure so that it can be treated. The dental laser is extremely accurate and effective, resulting in minimal pain and successful treatment of the affected area.
Crown lengthening can be done on one or several teeth. Most commonly, it is done to prepare a tooth for a dental crown, a cap that is placed to restore a tooth that has either broken or decayed. It can also be performed as a cosmetic procedure to treat a “gummy smile” – when there is an excessive amount of gum surrounding the front teeth. Those who are unhappy with the way their smile looks might elect to have this procedure to achieve the smile they desire. This involves removing tissue along the entire gum line.
A relatively simple procedure, the surgery is done in one sitting while you are under local anesthesia, and healing time is a few weeks. If you are in need of a crown lengthening procedure, talk to your dentist Greenwood Family Dentistry about treatment.