A protective and restorative treatment to enhance strength and appearance of your natural teeth.
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Image Dental provides excellent dental crown lengthening treatment to Stockton and surrounding areas. A dental crown is a permanent restoration that covers and protects your entire tooth. By “capping” your natural tooth, a crown can improve the strength, appearance, and integrity of your tooth. However, before capping or crowning your tooth, dental surgery may be required in preparation for the final restoration.
What Is Crown Lengthening?
In a procedure known as crown lengthening, your periodontist can extend the height or size of the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. For the stability of your crown, there must be enough tooth structure for it to hold it in place. When your tooth has broken down, or when tooth decay has extended below the gum line, crown lengthening can reduce the gum tissue and bone level in order to gain better access to your tooth.
Crown lengthening also improves the health of the gum tissue, this mainly allows the mouth to be prepared for cosmetic or restorative procedures as well. In cases where the teeth are covered with excess gum tissue, or “gummy smile”, crown lengthening is sometimes recommended to help. During this procedure, the gum tissue and bone are reshaped with specialized instruments to expose more of the natural tooth. This treatment can be performed on just one tooth, a few teeth, or the whole gum line. This will ensure an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Reasons for Crown Lengthening
The crown lengthening procedure is effective and very common. Those that choose to undergo this treatment are very happy with the results.
There are many reasons for crown lengthening. Here are the most common:
Damaged teeth restored – Periodontal disease can cause severe damage to the teeth, as can trauma and decay. Where teeth have been broken beneath the gum line, crown lengthening can be used to prepare the area for a new restoration to correct the damaged teeth.
Cosmetic reasons – Extra gum tissue can make teeth look unnaturally short, and also increase susceptibility to periodontal infections. Removing excess gum tissue can restore a balanced, healthy look and thus improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile.
Dental crowns – Crown lengthening serves to provide more space between the supporting jawbone and dental crown. This prevents the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone once it is in place.
This surgical procedure is usually completed within one visit depending on how many teeth are receiving treatment. Local anesthetics or sedatives are administered to the patient for a crown lengthening procedure. During treatment, only the tissue surrounding the tooth will be treated, and there is no risk to neighboring teeth.