Dental crown lengthening is a common oral surgery procedure where gum tissue and/or bone is removed to expose more of a tooth. This procedure is typically done for one of two reasons. The first is before the placement of a dental crown, and the second is to improve the appearance of a “gummy smile.” Read on to find out how the dental crown lengthening procedure works.
What is dental crown lengthening used for?
As stated above, this procedure is usually performed for one of two reasons. When a tooth needs to be fixed with a dental crown, there has to be enough original tooth exposed to support the crown. Dental crown lengthening exposes more of the tooth to make this possible.
Additionally, when you have excess gum tissue surrounding your upper teeth, it is referred to as a “gummy smile.” You can improve the appearance of your smile by exposing more of your teeth through this procedure.
What happens afterward?
We will most likely prescribe a painkiller to help you manage and discomfort or pain for the next few days. You may experience swelling, which can be reduced through the use of an ice pack over your face.
Your gums may take up to 6 weeks to heal after the procedure. During this time, your gums may shrink, which is why your crown will not be placed until the healing is complete.
Give us a call at Dental Innovations Katy if you have any questions about dental crown lengthening or to schedule your next appointment.