A common form of oral surgery, crown lengthening is a procedure to remove excess gum tissue, bone, or both. The purpose of the surgery is to better expose your teeth. At Boulevard Dental, Dr. Gobrial performs crown lengthening surgeries regularly with stunning results.
Severely damaged teeth may require crown lengthening if the tooth is broken under the surface or, in the case of severe tooth decay or trauma, if there is not enough tooth left to restore.
Damaged teeth may be protected and strengthened using a dental crown. However, if the crown doesn’t fit perfectly, it may cause irritation to the gums resulting in chronic inflammation. The purpose of crown lengthening in this case is to prevent irritation by increasing the space between the gum and the crown.
Crown lengthening may be used to create a broader smile. You can speak to Dr. Gobrial about your issues and discuss where you would like to remove excess gum tissue to improve your smile. Tissue may be removed from multiple areas at once to give you the aesthetically pleasing smile you desire.
You will meet Dr. Gobrial to discuss your reasons for crown lengthening as well as any concerns you may have. Dr. Gobrial will look at your x-rays and make a recommendation.
You will then schedule an appointment for the surgery. If you require a crown, a temporary crown will be fitted for the interim. This allows Dr. Gobrial to gauge how much gum tissue will need to be removed for the permanent crown to fit perfectly.
Crown lengthening is performed in our office and the patient is usually under sedation or general anesthesia. The length of the surgery depends on the work being done, but Dr. Gobrial will advise you when you make your appointment.
When performing the surgery, Dr. Gobrial will make small cuts in the gum to reveal the root of the tooth. He will then remove the necessary amount of gum or bone before rinsing the area with saltwater and stitching the gums back into place. If you are having a crown, this will be put into place once the surgery is complete.
The anesthesia will take some time to wear off and you should not eat anything during this time. You may experience some discomfort after the procedure but this will get better as you heal. Over the counter painkillers will help alleviate any pain.
A diet of soft foods is best after this type of surgery to prevent any damage to your mouth. Dr. Gobrial will provide home care instructions to help.
A week after your surgery, you will need to return to the office to have your stitches removed.
Overall, it will take 3 months for you to heal completely. After this time, any further restorative procedures may take place.
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