When your teeth appear small and disproportionate to the rest of your teeth, you may have excessive gum tissue hovering over more of your crown (a crown refers to the visible area of a tooth above the gums). At DFW Implant Team, board-certified periodontist, Dr. Donald Steinberg, offers crown lengthening to increase the exposure of the crown by removing hard and soft tissues that obstruct the tooth from view. Crown lengthening reshapes the gum line to expose more of the tooth or teeth for a more attractive smile, and it can be implemented when a crown or filling needs to be placed or repaired. Your primary dentist may also refer you to our practice in Bedford, TX to provide this aesthetic and restorative procedure. Call today to schedule your appointment.
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To improve a "gummy smile"
To restore damaged teeth
To prepare for a dental crown
To fix a crown or filling
To improve tooth appearance after braces or orthodontics
Before the crown lengthening procedure, the patient will get dental X-rays and a professional cleaning. Once the teeth and mouth are prepared, the patient will get local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. The doctor will use surgical instruments to make incisions in the gums and then pull the excess gum tissue away from the teeth. In some cases, the doctor will expose some of the tooth root to have the right amount of tooth showing in relation to the gums. After the gumline is even and natural looking, the doctor will wash the treated area with a sterile saline solution and stitch up the incisions made in the gums.
Once the patient returns home after their gum reshaping procedure, ice packs should be held on the face for the first few hours to reduce swelling. Patients may be prescribed pain relievers or an antibacterial mouthwash may be recommended by their doctor. Most patients prefer a soft or liquid diet for 1 – 2 days after the procedure. If stitches were used, the patient should return to the office in 7 – 10 days to have the stitches removed. The gums should be fully healed in about 3 months.
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Crown lengthening can remove excess gum tissue for cosmetic reasons, to prepare the tooth for another procedure, or to prevent gum disease. By recontouring the gums, the entire mouth becomes healthier and more attractive. If you would like to learn more about crown lengthening, or if you have a referral from your dentist, please give us a call and we will schedule you for an appointment.