A dental crown lengthening procedure may be necessary when a tooth is too short or has a poor shape to be restored with a dental crown. During the procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the tooth. This treatment can be performed on a single tooth or multiple teeth.
When a tooth is too short, there may not be enough healthy tooth enamel remaining above the gum line to support a dental crown. A dental crown lengthening procedure involves reshaping the gum line and underlying bone to expose more teeth. In some cases, the tooth root is shortened as well. Your dentist may also recommend a dental crown lengthening procedure to improve the shape of your gum line.
Teeth reshaping and contouring procedures are used to fix the appearance of the teeth. This means that there is no pain involved. Patients might experience some discomfort, but it won’t be intense or painful. The procedure is safe and virtually painless. It’s a relatively simple procedure and should only be performed by a trained dental professional.
Recovery from crown lengthening can take several days. Your dentist will provide you with a detailed care plan. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth as normal, but avoid eating hard, crunchy, or sticky foods. For the first few days following your procedure, you will be advised to eat soft foods only.
After your procedure, we will give you instructions on how to take care of your mouth and the surgical site. Make sure to follow our instructions. If you don’t, you could jeopardize the health of your teeth and your outcome.
Crown lengthening cost is often based on how much bone has to be moved. If you’ve lost a tooth to gum disease, there’s likely some bone loss. If that is the case, you may be a candidate for a graft before crown lengthening. A graft can bring more bone into the area.