Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

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WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics, and Periodontics located in Kenosha, WI

Aesthetic crown lengthening helps improve the look of your smile, whether you have damaged teeth or a gummy smile. At WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the team provides this common surgical procedure in a straightforward, in-office visit. Discuss aesthetic crown lengthening procedures with the doctors to find out if it’s for you. Call today or request a consultation online.

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening Q & A

What is crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening involves recontouring your gum/gingival and bone tissue, to reveal more of the tooth’s surface. In some cases this is done for cosmetic reasons and creates an even gum/gingival line, resulting in a beautiful smile. Other cases require crown lengthening so that your dentist can have access to the tooth/teeth and can be restored with a crown(s). After crown lengthening, your periodontist can then apply a high quality and pain-free crown to the treated tooth or teeth. This will create a healthy environment and with proper oral hygiene, dental cleanings and exams every three to six months will enable you to retain your tooth for years to come. Crowns are laboratory fabricated restorations made by your periodontist that fits over your existing tooth to create an improved look or function.

Why would I need a crown lengthening procedure?

Your periodontist may recommend a crown lengthening procedure if your tooth has been broken or affected by decay and not enough of it is exposed above the gum line to hold the crown on its own. To allow placement of the crown, your specialists will “lengthen” your tooth. If a crown lengthening is not done you may run into the following scenarios:  your periodontist may not be able to put the crown on the tooth, the crown can keep coming off, or the area can become inflamed and feel irritated or even painful after the crown has been placed. People with a gummy smile – who have a lot of gum tissue around their upper teeth – also appreciate aesthetic crown-lengthening. The procedure takes away some of the gum/gingival and bone tissue to make a beautiful smile with a more balanced/even smile line.

What happens during an aesthetic crown lengthening procedure?

Crown lengthening is a simple in-office procedure. Your periodontist applies local anesthesia (numbs up the area) so you don’t feel anything while the work is being done. This procedure can be done under sedation upon the patient requests. Exactly how long the procedure takes depends on the number of teeth treated and the extent of gum and bone to be removed. Even if just one tooth is to be treated, neighboring teeth may be affected to properly contour the tissue.

During the procedure, your periodontist at WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists surgically cuts the gum/ and opens the area to see the roots and the bone and removes small amounts of gum and bone tissue. Then the area is closed with dissolvable sutures, which dissolves in about five days.  For five days you will be on a soft food diet and a medicated rinse is used to protect the surgical site. Most patients return to normal daily activities the next day and have minimal pain and discomfort. 

After the teeth are optimally prepared, your periodontist washes the area with sterile saltwater to discourage infection and stitches the gums together.

Call WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists today or request an appointment online for your crown lengthening appointment.