i-Implant Dentistry
Dr. Saad Bassas, DDS
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The Purpose of Crown Lengthening

September 30, 2022
Posted By: i-Implant Dentistry
dental crowns in sartell mn

Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? Do you think your teeth look too short when you smile? Crown lengthening may be a solution for you. At i-Implant Dentistry, we offer customized dental crowns, including crowns lengthening in Sartell, MN. 

What Is Crown Lengthening?

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers a natural tooth to improve aesthetics or function. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if you have a misshapen, broken, or severely decayed tooth. Dentists also use crowns to complete root canals, dental implants, and bridges. Crown lengthening is a common procedure and usually takes an hour or less to complete. The crown lengthening procedure involves recontouring the gums to expose more of the tooth. 

When Is Crown Lengthening Necessary?

Crown lengthening can be necessary if there isn’t enough tooth to hold the crown due to a broken or decayed tooth. Crown lengthening reduces gum tissue and shapes the bone, so more of the tooth is visible above the gums. When you have a crown that fits properly, you’re more likely to have better comfort and oral hygiene. Patients may also choose crown lengthening to create a more aesthetic grin. Some people decide to lengthen a crown to improve the appearance of a “gummy smile,” which is when the gums are visible above the teeth when you smile. 

How Do I Prepare for Crown Lengthening Treatment?

Your dentist starts by performing a thorough oral health evaluation and examination and reviewing your medical history. If they determine you’re a good candidate for crown lengthening, they start by fitting you with a temporary crown until you have the procedure. The temporary crown protects the tooth and can help the final crown fitting go more smoothly. The dentist will also take x-rays and give you more details about what to expect during and after crown lengthening treatment. 

What Happens During the Crown Lengthening Procedure?

Crown lengthening is typically an outpatient procedure. Your dentist starts by administering a local anesthetic to numb the area, and they may also offer sedation for a more comfortable experience. Next, they carefully recontour or reshape the gum tissue and cleanse the treated area with a saline solution before sealing the incision. 

Once the gums are sealed together, they will place a bandage over them for additional protection. After the procedure, your dentist will prescribe pain relievers and a special mouth rinse to heal the gum tissue. 

Call Us About Crown Lengthening in Roseville, MN 

Crown lengthening is a straightforward treatment that can improve oral health and aesthetics. Do you want to learn more about how our dentists can enhance your smile? Give us a call today to learn more, or schedule an appointment

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