Do You Need Crown Lengthening?

If you’re unsatisfied with your smile because it’s a little “gummy,” there is a procedure you might want to consider. Crown lengthening removes any excess gum tissue that is covering the teeth. This results in making the teeth look bigger and improves the look of your smile.

Benefits of Crown Lengthening

Not only is this procedure used for cosmetic reasons, but it has restorative effects as well. Patients who need other restorative work done will need at least 2mm of healthy tooth enamel for the dentist to work with. A situation such as having a tooth break off at the gum line may require a crown lengthening so that any restoration being fixed to the tooth, such as a crown, can be properly attached.


Typically, a crown lengthening procedure is painless, and there is minimal discomfort during recovery. The area that is being worked on will be numbed so that no pain is felt. This can be just on one or two teeth or every tooth in the mouth. The results that you and your dentist have in mind will determine how much tissue is removed and on which teeth. As the gum tissue is being trimmed, your dentist may also make adjustments to the underlying bone so that the teeth appear more balanced and stay held in place firmly as the mouth heals.

Healing from this procedure does not take long. In fact, you should be able to return to work the day after the procedure. You will have to treat the affected areas gently for the first 24 hours after the procedure and eat softer foods for about two days after that. To ensure that the gums heal well, you should be sure to practice good oral hygiene and keep the areas clean. Your gums should be back to feeling normal within one or two weeks, and you can return to eating and drinking as before.

We Only Perform a Tooth Extraction That’s Necessary!

When you think of going to the dental office, do you still imagine the black and white video of a terrifying dentist laughing maniacally holding scary dental instruments over you with the sole purpose of causing you harm and ripping out your precious teeth? If that is the case, rest your fears because that is not what our dental office is like. You will find that we perform teeth extractions only when absolutely necessary. Our dentist and our dental staff are caring and will do their best to make you feel comfortable no matter what.

Sometimes, however, tooth extraction is necessary. Let’s take a look at the signs and causes of tooth damage that may lead to a necessary extraction.

What Are the Signs That I Need My Tooth Pulled?

Over years of not correctly caring for your teeth, not flossing, and not regularly getting your teeth professionally cleaned at a dental office, a tooth may become damaged to the point that it must be extracted.

But how do you know if that is your case?

Well, for one thing, you will most definitely be feeling pain or severe discomfort. Mild cavities usually do not necessitate an extraction. There are many ways to alleviate dental pain and fix dental issues that do not require a dental extraction.

Some things that may need dental extraction would be severely fractured teeth, inflamed, bleeding gum tissue, or pain in the jaw while chewing.

Why Would I Need My Tooth Pulled?

The issue that will ultimately cause your tooth to be pulled is usually an injury or neglect of care for your teeth. An extremely advanced cavity may damage your tooth to the point that it may need to be extracted.

If you have any other questions regarding a tooth extraction and if you need one, please give us a call today.

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