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Everything You Need To Know About Surgical Crown Lengthening

Posted on 8/7/2023 by Todd Jorgenson
Everything You Need To Know About Surgical Crown LengtheningThe crown lengthening procedure helps to solve excessive gingival display, also known as the gummy smile. If you have such a condition, you have excess gum covering your teeth, making the teeth appear shorter. Crown lengthening can be used for cosmetic purposes and, in some instances, can help to expose broken or decayed teeth. A dental expert can also perform the procedure to reveal a larger surface of your tooth to fit bridges or fix other dental tools.

What to Expect During the Procedure


A periodontist surgically removes the extra gum tissues. In some instances, reshaping the bone is also needed, especially if dental tools are to be fixed. The dental specialist uses a scalpel or laser to remove the extra gum tissues. Local anesthesia is administered to give better outcomes. Next, they make incisions on your gums, create a flap of the tissue, and lift the flap to extract the extra tissues. The flap is repositioned towards the roots of the teeth and stitched in place. The last step is moving your tooth to the needed location on the gum line.

Recovery after Surgical Crown Lengthening


The recovery period depends on many factors, such as your health and the type of procedure performed. You can expect the area to feel numb in the first few hours after surgery, but that feeling will wear off after a while. A dentist will prescribe pain medications to relieve the pain. You can expect bleeding and swelling in the first few days; a cold compress can help alleviate those symptoms. During the recovery period, consider eating soft foods and adopting proper oral hygiene to prevent infections on the surgical site. If a dental device needs to be fixed, a dentist will wait a few weeks for the healing process to complete. The healing process typically takes 6-12 weeks.



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