Crown lengthening improves the health of the gum tissue, and can also prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. Crown lengthening procedures can also be used to correct a “gummy” smile, where teeth are covered with excess gum tissue. The procedure exposes more of the natural tooth by reshaping or recontouring bone and gum tissue. It can be performed on a single tooth, many teeth or the entire gum line, giving the patient a pleasant, aesthetically pleasing smile.
Reasons for Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening is a versatile and common procedure with many effective uses and benefits. The vast majority of patients who have undergone this type of surgery are highly delighted with the results.
Some of the most common reasons for crown lengthening include: restoration of damaged teeth and cosmetic enhancement.
What to Expect with the Crown Lengthening Procedure
Crown lengthening is performed under local anesthetic, and the length of the procedure depends on how many teeth are involved, and whether bone or soft tissue will need to be removed.
In the case of excess gum tissue only, Dr. Brusky can use a fast, painless diode laser to expose the beautiful enamel crown of the tooth or teeth to dramatically improve the smile.
If bone needs to be removed as well, a periodontist is used for this procedure. Once there is sufficient exposure, the surgical site will be cleaned with sterile water, and the gum tissue will be sutured. The teeth will look noticeably longer immediately after surgery.
How Much Does Crown Lengthening Cost?
Crown lengthening can drastically improve your life, but it can be costly. If you are concerned about your budget, ask about crown lengthening at your next appointment. Dr. Brusky and his friendly staff can help you navigate your budget concerns. Schedule your appointment today and gain the confidence that comes from having a new, beautiful smile.
The dentist will secure the surgical site using an intraoral (periodontal) bandage, which prevents infection. After the surgery, you should be completely healed in two to three months.
Learn more about crown lengthening by calling (920) 662-1440 in Shawano, Seymour, De Pere, Pulaski, and Howard.