Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening may sound confusing to some patients because it sounds like it entails adding length to the tooth. A more precise term is crown exposure because some of the gum tissue is trimmed away to show more of the enamel.

Some patients may need crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons if they would like to improve a "gummy" smile.

Crown lengthening might also be performed if there is not enough tooth structure to support a dental crown or other restoration. In this case, these are reshaped so that a healthy fit of the restoration can be achieved. 

By eliminating gum tissue, it is possible to enhance the overall look of a "gummy" smile or prep your mouth for a dental restoration. 

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By eliminating gum tissue, it is possible to enhance the overall look of a "gummy" smile.
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If you are considering crown lengthening, you should be in good overall health, particularly regarding the gums. Problems, such as gum (periodontal) disease, might have to be addressed before crown lengthening can be done.

Most frequently, crown lengthening is done for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In such situations, excessive gum tissue could be eliminated to balance the proportion of tooth to gums and provide you a raised, even gum line.

In some cases, crown lengthening may also be required to complete a dental restoration. Dr. Cantu might want to uncover more of your tooth so as to put in a filling, bridge, or crown. For most patients, as long as periodontal disease is not present, this procedure can be performed effectively.

To begin the procedure, local anesthesia is injected into the treated regions to minimize any discomfort. This injection will numb the area of the mouth that Dr. Cantu will be addressing. If you feel anxious or have dental fears, you can talk about other sedation options with Dr. Cantu in your initial consultation to help you stay comfortable and calm throughout the process.

Once you are ready, the gum tissue is removed in small segments to slowly show more of your enamel, and then your gumline will be sculpted for a lifted and even look. Once Dr. Cantu has finished the process, he will close the gums and then rinse your mouth.

Following your treatment, your gums could be sore and inflamed. Over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses can be utilized to lessen your discomfort, but Dr. Cantu can write a prescription for antibiotics and/or pain medication if necessary.

Patients will need to adhere to a soft food or liquid diet for several days while the mouth heals. You should also be diligent and keep your mouth clean at home with soft brushing and mouthwash, but avoid dental floss.

In some cases, you might need to make another appointment at Crown Dental to track your recovery. Dr. Cantu will also always assess your gums at your yearly dental examination.

The cost for crown lengthening will differ based on why it is being done. Dental insurance companies might cover a part of the expense in certain scenarios. In any case, our financial coordinators will get in touch with your insurance provider to uncover what your personal expenses will be prior to discussing your choices for payment.

If you do not have insurance, Dr. Cantu can help estimate your expenses in your consultation and also provide you with more information on low-interest dental financing, which could help to make your treatment easier to afford.

Before & After Crown Lengthening

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Tri-Cities Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Cantu: Gummy Smile on Patient at Crown Dental

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Dr. Cantu Cosmetic dentist performs Crownlengthening for pt with a gummy smile.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.


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