Crown lengthening is a common surgical procedure in which the gum tissues and bone surrounding a tooth are trimmed to expose more of the tooth’s crown. It is typically done to restore a tooth that has been badly damaged or has suffered root decay, and it can also be performed for cosmetic reasons. Dr. Lozada, Los Angeles crown lengthening expert, can help you decide if crown lengthening is right for you.
Dr. Lozada, expert in crown lengthening in Los Angeles, might recommend a crown lengthening if you have:
• A gummy smile, or a smile in which excessive gum tissue covers your teeth
• An uneven gum line
• Root decay
• A tooth that is broken at the gum line
• A tooth that is chipped or cracked near the gum line
• Decay beneath a crown or filling
We will begin by carefully evaluating your smile and reviewing your X-rays and dental history. Dr. Lozada, Los Angeles crown lengthening expert, may also recommend a professional cleaning. This is to remove any buildup that could compromise your healing and dental health during or after the procedure. Next, the treatment area is numbed using local anesthesia. The soft tissues are gently separated from the tooth and trimmed. If necessary, the bone tissue can also be contoured and shaped. The area is then washed using sterile water, and can be sutured and bandaged.
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If the crown lengthening is performed for restorative reasons, the treatment can then proceed as needed. The filling or temporary crown can be placed, and Dr. Lozada, expert in crown lengthening in Los Angeles, will explain the proper aftercare to reduce your risk of complications. Good dental hygiene is important and will help reduce the risk of problems, but you may need to take precautions to avoid disrupting the healing tissues.
Some swelling and tenderness are common immediately after a crown lengthening, but these are usually short-lived. Most patients recover quickly and are able to return to their typical routine. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist, Dr. Lozada.