Dental Crown Lengthening

Dental Crown Lengthening For More Attractive Smile For Elk Grove Residents

At our Elk Grove, CA dentist office, Dr. Fenton and her team are able to offer crown lengthening for individuals who may need to have this procedure performed for cosmetic purposes or before further restoration of a tooth (or teeth) can be completed.


What is a Dental Crown?

A crown can refer to the visible part of a natural tooth or the artificial “cap” used to protect and cover a broken or decayed tooth.

When a tooth is badly decayed or has broken, an artificial crown may be a great solution to not only give your other teeth, gums, and bone the support they need but can also restore and improve oral appearance. This type of crown is quite basically a restorative cover for your damaged tooth. Crowns encase the visible area of a tooth and improve the look while also protecting your natural tooth from further breakage or decay.

Before a crown can be placed, a close examination is needed of the tooth and surrounding areas. Any problems that are identified need to be handled accordingly. There will always be some amount of tooth preparation needed before the crown can be applied.


When is Crown Lengthening Needed?

Your gum line is an important area to note during the initial examination. If there is not enough tooth exposed above the gums, crown lengthening will need to be performed. Crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue (and bone if needed) to expose more of the tooth’s surface. When a patient does need this procedure, it is absolutely vital in assuring the successful placement of a secure and lasting crown.

Crown lengthening is also done for cosmetic purposes when an artificial crown is not being applied to the tooth. Some people have more gum tissue than others and sometimes this causes the teeth to appear too small or short. Crown lengthening can be performed in these cases in an entirely voluntary capacity based on the patient’s wishes. Many who are bothered by the appearance of their gums have appreciated the results of this procedure.


What Takes Place During Crown Lengthening Surgery?

Your dentist will use local anesthesia to completely numb the area to be worked on. The procedure itself involves creating an incision in the gum tissue around the tooth. This allows your dentist to pull back the gum an appropriate amount and remove the necessary amount of tissue (and bone when applicable). The new area is irrigated to clean out any debris and the gums are stitched up to heal the incision. The stitched area is dressed and a temporary crown is applied until proper healing time has lapsed. Full recovery of the gums after surgery normally takes approximately three months.


What Do I Need to Know About the Recovery Period?

For a few days following surgery, you may experience swelling in the face which can be helped with the use of a cold compress. Painkillers will be prescribed as there will be discomfort initially as your gums begin to heal. An antiseptic mouthwash will also be prescribed and it is very important that you keep your mouth as clean as possible by continuing with normal, careful brushing if you can–unless advised otherwise. You should always rinse well after eating. Avoiding extremely heated or spicy foods will keep irritation at a minimum. Making sure to follow recovery instructions can avoid infection.


Contact Laguna Vista Dental Today!

If you are looking to get an artificial crown or think that crown lengthening would benefit you, do not hesitate to call Laguna Vista Dental at 916-684-3105 and make an appointment today!