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Crown Lengthening Treatment | Periodontist Pasadena
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For some patients, a crown lengthening procedure will be part of a custom-tailored treatment plan developed to resolve a dental problem.

This procedure is performed to improve gum tissue health, or to prepare the area for a restoration or for a cosmetic enhancement. Crown lengthening is also commonly used to treat patients who wish to correct the appearance of a “gummy” smile, caused by excess tissue covering too much of the tooth.

Crown lengthening works to reveal more of the natural tooth through a process that reshapes or recontours both gum and bone, and may be an appropriate treatment for a single tooth or several teeth, or the complete gum line, depending upon the unique issues of the patient. After the procedure is complete, the patient will have a more aesthetically pleasing smile, without excess gum tissue.

Crown Lengthening Treatment Pasadena

How Does a Crown Lengthening Procedure Work?

Every person has a unique situation they are trying to resolve. In some cases, more of the tooth structure needs to be exposed so a restoration (such as a crown or an implant) can be placed. Generally, the procedure involves the following steps:

  • The area to be treated is numbed with local anesthetic.
  • Crowns in the area to be treated will be removed, to be replaced after treatment.
  • Small incisions are made around the soft tissue where the gum meets the tooth, to separate them. This provides access to the tooth root and underlying bone structure.
  • A small amount of tissue is removed in some cases, providing sufficient room to place a crown. In other cases, a very small amount of bone will be removed from around the teeth. Hand instruments are used for this procedure.
  • After completion, the tooth or teeth treated appear longer, as the gum tissue has been reshaped.
  • The site is then secured with a special bandaging material that helps to prevent the onset of infection.
  • You may be prescribed pain medication and antibiotics, as well as a special mouthwash to reduce bacteria growth while healing. It will require two to three months for the area to be completely healed.
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