Oftentimes, lack of space on the tooth structure can impede the application of a filling, a crown, or another type of dental restoration. Crown lengthening is a simple surgical procedure to expose more tooth, and allowing it to support another procedure.
We at SmilesNY pride ourselves in the care we take with our patients, and crown lengthening is no different. It’s a common, simple procedure to remove excess gum tissue and/or bone, exposing more of the tooth. This procedure can even help in the case of a break or decay below the gumline, allowing a cosmetic to be applied on the strong structure underneath.
When not enough tooth shows above the gum line to support a filling or a crown, a crown lengthening can be needed to allow successful application.
Crown Lengthening is a simple oral surgery that our expert onsite periodontist Kevin Loshak D.D.S. skillfully performs. It’s done inoffice, with quick local anesthetic. Small incisions will be made in the mouth, allowing the removal of excess gum, and in some cases bone, tissue. In the case of bone removal, the bone surrounding the tooth will be contoured with care to the desired proportions. When the procedure is done, the area will be cleaned and sutured to heal.
After your surgery, you’ll need to stick to a soft food diet and take care brushing, so the area isn’t irritated more than necessary. In most cases, prescriptions are not needed, and a majority of patients only report needing mild pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol. One week afterward, we’ll schedule a postprocedure visit to make sure everything is healing properly.
If you need dental restorations like fillings and crowns but not enough tooth exposed to support the procedures, a crown lengthening may be right for you. We’ll discuss treatment options with you in an easy initial consultation.
Our expert team is happy to answer any questions you may have about crown lengthening, or any other cosmetic dental procedures. Feel free to give us a call at 212.752.6537 or schedule an appointment at our New York office.