Crown Lengthening

Crown Lengthening

August 29, 2019

Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over a natural tooth. It is when a tooth is cracked, broken or misshapen. They are used in dental procedures such as bridges, root canals, and dental implants.

The purpose of a crown lengthening procedure

Crown lengthening is required if the tooth is not in place to hold the crown. It is attached when teeth are broken or affected by tooth decay. It reduces gum tissue and used to alter a gummy smile where gums are more visible while smiling.

How to prepare for a crown lengthening

The dentist will take an X-rays and fit a temporary crown for a while. This protects your tooth in the interim and can make the fitting of your new crown easier.

What happens during a crown lengthening procedure?

The periodontitis will give local anesthesia or sedative. They cut the gums to pull them away from the teeth and exposing the roots and bone. In some, the gum tissue is only required to remove. This is washed with salt water before suturing. The gums are sutured and a bandage is placed for more protection.

The time required in the procedure depends on the number of teeth that need to be treated and if both soft tissue and bone need to be removed.

Possible risks

There is a little risk of infection with crown lengthening. Follow all the postoperative care instructions to prevent infection. You might experience bleeding or sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. This all will ease with time.

The recovery process

The recovery time is approximately three months. Once your gums heal, you’ll be able to resume normal functions. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activity for the first two to three days.

Few precautions for recovery-

  • Take prescribed medications
  • Use an icepack to reduce swelling
  • Avoid hot foods for the first 24 hours
  • Brush carefully
  • Wear your dentures
  • Eat soft food instead of sticky, spicy food
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol
  • Do not prod the area

Crown lengthening is a common dental procedure which is performed for both dental and aesthetic reasons.

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