All About Crown Lengthening
Different dental procedures exist for a variety of reasons. Some procedures are cosmetic, some are restorative, while many procedures are meant to be both. Crown lengthening is a procedure that has both restorative and cosmetic purposes.
There are many reasons for which a patient might choose crown lengthening, which involves removing some of the gum tissue, and possibly bone, to expose more natural tooth. Crown lengthening can improve the appearance of the natural tooth, it can be used to remove excess gum tissue and sometimes it is recommended to prepare the teeth for other procedures, such as dental crowns.
How We Can Help You
Crown lengthening is just one of the many services that Burke Dental is proud to offer to patients in the Burke, Virginia area. Dr. James Willis and his highly skilled team believe in offering patients a variety of options, knowing that each case is different. Dr. Willis and his team will meet with new patients before coming up with an individualized treatment plan. Each patient is an individual and they should be treated as such. Patients who turn to Burke Dental can rest assured that they are getting the right treatment for their individual case. This includes services like crown lengthening, if it will improve appearance and functionality or make it easier to perform other procedures.
Dr. James Willis and his team are thorough, friendly, genuine and very professional… I highly recommend this practice to someone looking for a great dental team. Burke Dental is your place!Jacqueline
My family and I have been very happy with Dr. Willis as our new family dentist. We had been with Dr. Brigleb for many years, and with his recommendation, we stayed with this practice. Dr. Willis is a very caring and concerned person, with your dental health foremost in his mindCharlene
Benefits to Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening can be done as a stand-alone procedure, to fix imperfections in the smile and gum line, or as part of another procedure. The main goal of crown lengthening is to expose more of the natural teeth and there are many benefits to doing so, such as:
- It only has to be done once. Unlike many other dental procedures, crown lengthening is a one-time process.
- Reduces the ‘gummy’ smile look. Some people feel self-conscious because they believe that they reveal too much gum when they smile. Crown lengthening can help with that.
- Creates a more even smile. Crown lengthening can help create a more symmetrical look amongst a patient’s teeth.
- It can create a better working surface for other procedures. Crown lengthening exposes more natural tooth, which gives the dentist more area to work with when placing dental crowns. When performed for this purpose, crown lengthening may involve the removal of part of the bone surrounding the tooth being treated.
- Makes the tooth easier to care for. Crown lengthening exposes more natural tooth, which gives the patient the opportunity to keep the tooth cleaner by making flossing and brushing easier.
Crown lengthening is a simple dental procedure that can improve the look and functionality of a patient’s teeth, as well as having health benefits. Crown lengthening can also make it easier for the dentist to perform other procedures. Crown lengthening will be recommended in situations where it is beneficial to expose more natural tooth structure.
Why Choose Crown Lengthening
There are a few reasons the team at Burke Dental would recommend crown lengthening to our patients. Crown lengthening can be the simplest, most routine solution to many dental issues. Reasons the team at Burke Dental would recommend a patient undergo crown lengthening comprise:
- Excess gum tissue. Some patients have a large amount of gum tissue. This can make teeth look short and affect the aesthetics of the patient’s smile. Excess gum tissue can also increase the risk of infection and gum disease.
- Broken teeth. Sometimes tooth breakage happens beneath the gum line. In these cases, it’s best to lengthen the crown before removing the broken tooth. This allows for the cleanest method of extraction and also prepares the site for the replacement tooth.
- Damaged teeth. If a patient is suffering from severely damaged teeth, the dentist may recommend dental crowns to cover the damage. In some cases there is not enough natural tooth showing to attach the crown. In this cases, the dental team will recommend crown lengthening in order to maximize the likelihood of initial success and the prognosis (longevity or long term success) of the crown.
Crown lengthening is a simple procedure that helps expose more natural tooth structure. There are many reasons a patient would want that, including for cosmetic purposes or to prepare the tooth for another procedure.
The Ins and Outs of Crown Lengthening
A consultation with the team at Burke Dental will help a patient decide whether crown lengthening is the right choice. Our qualified team will examine the patient’s teeth and also ask them questions, including what results they are hoping for. It is important to take the patient’s specific needs and wants into account before making a recommendation. If the patient would benefit from crown lengthening, either because they want longer natural teeth or because they are interested in another procedure where crown lengthening would be beneficial, Dr. Willis and his team will often recommend moving forward with that choice.
Who Should Consider Crown Lengthening
While it is a popular procedure, crown lengthening isn’t the right choice for everyone. Patients suffering from gum disease may not be good candidates for crown lengthening because the gum tissue may be too fragile. Crown lengthening is also meant for healthy teeth, unless it is combined with another procedure. Crown lengthening on its own can’t repair or restore a tooth, it just exposes more natural tooth. That is why crown lengthening is best for patients with healthy natural teeth or as part of another procedure.
Once the decision has been made to go with crown lengthening, an appointment will be booked. Before the procedure begins, the patient will be given a local anesthetic to numb the required area. Dr. Willis will then make small incisions in the gum tissue and gently reposition the tissue away from the teeth. The excess tissue will be removed, which may include bone if necessary. The exposed area will then be cleaned and sterilized before being sutured closed. In some cases, a protective covering may be placed over the tissue to help prevent infection.
Before going home the patient will be given instructions on how to care for the surgical site. This will include instructions on what signs and symptoms to watch out for and how to change the bandage if needed. At the discretion of Dr. James Willis, a prescription may be provided in order to prevent infection during the healing stage.
Generally speaking, the bandage is only needed for the first few days, though the area will still be tender. The sutures should dissolve in 10-14 days. The first few days after the procedure will be the worst for pain and discomfort, and it should ease up as the site begins to heal. Most patients heal within a matter of weeks, though it may take up to two months for the site to heal completely.
If a patient notices excess blood or a strange odor or discharge coming from the wound site, they should contact the office immediately. They should also contact the office if they notice that the wound is taking too long to heal or if the pain does not ease up within a week or two of the procedure.
Considering Crown Lengthening? Contact Burke Dental Today!
For patients who think their teeth are too short or who feel like they show too much gum when the smile, crown lengthening could be the answer. It could also be useful for patients with tooth damage or loss who are considering restorative or replacement options. The only way to find out if crown lengthening is the right choice for you is to book an appointment with the team at Burke Dental and come in for a consultation. Appointments can be booked online or by calling our office at 703-978-6000.
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