Elevating Aesthetics: The Role of Crown Lengthening in Dentistry

Do you have a gummy smile? Is this making you self-conscious? Worry not; cosmetic dentistry in Winnipeg offers aesthetic dental procedures like crown lengthening to overcome cosmetic challenges like a gummy smile. 

Here is a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about crown lengthening to determine if it is the right choice of treatment for you!

What is crown lengthening? 

Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that involves the removal of gum tissue or bone to expose more of a tooth’s structure, typically the crown (visible portion) of the tooth. This procedure is performed for various reasons, often to improve the aesthetics of the smile or facilitate other dental treatments.

Crown lengthening may be performed for the following reasons:

Cosmetic purpose

Crown lengthening can be performed to address a “gummy smile,” where a significant portion of the teeth is covered by excess gum tissue, making the teeth appear shorter.

Restorative purpose 

Periodontal disease, dental decay, and trauma can cause severe damage to the teeth. In such cases, crown lengthening becomes necessary when the damage occurs below the gum line, making it difficult to access the area for restoring the damaged teeth. 

Fabrication of dental crowns

Due to insufficient space between the crown and jawbone, dental crowns can harm the gum tissues and the underlying bone. Crown lengthening can correct this flaw since crowns with a good fit allow better oral hygiene and comfort.

How is a crown lengthening procedure performed?

Procedure 

Evaluation: The dentist will perform a thorough examination, including X-rays, to assess the condition of the teeth and surrounding tissues.

Local Anesthesia: The area to be treated is numbed using a local anesthetic to ensure the patient’s comfort during the procedure.

Tissue Removal: The dentist will either remove excess gum tissue or, in some cases, reshape the bone to expose more of the tooth’s crown.

Suturing: After the necessary adjustments are made, the gums are repositioned and sutured into place.

Recovery

  • After the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort, swelling, and minor bleeding. Pain medications and proper oral care instructions are typically provided to manage these symptoms.

Post-Procedure Care

  • Good oral hygiene practices, including gentle brushing and avoiding certain foods, are crucial during the healing period.

Final note 

Crown lengthening is a routine and safe dental procedure when performed by experienced dental professionals. You need to consult with your dentist to determine the necessity of the procedure and discuss potential benefits and risks based on their specific oral health needs.

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