If your dentist has talked to you about crown lengthening, you probably have many questions about this procedure, which is rather common but unfamiliar to many people. Why is it necessary? What happens during the procedure? What is recovery like?
The best way to learn more about crown lengthening is to talk to the experienced dentists at our Bayside and Fairfield, VIC dental clinics. They can help you decide whether the procedure is right for you as well as answer all of your questions.
We also touch on a number of facts about the procedure below.
When Is Crown Lengthening Necessary?
Crown lengthening is designed to reshape the gums to expose more of the tooth surface. If necessary, it might also adjust the bone level, so the visible portion of the tooth is lengthened. The procedure reduces the bone level and gum tissue, so there is better access to the tooth.
Common conditions that might require this type of restoration include:
- A short tooth
- A tooth with severe decay below the gum line
- A tooth that has become fractured or broken below the gum line
What Happens During the Procedure?
The procedure is usually performed in less than an hour under a local anaesthetic, although other sedation options are available if needed. Special surgical instruments will contour the selected area of the gums by removing small amounts of tissue. The adjacent teeth are not at risk during the procedure.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) or paracetamol can be used to alleviate any mild post-operative discomfort. Most patients can return to work and eat soft foods the day after the procedure.
For more information on crown lengthening, we invite you to book a consult at either our Bayside or Fairfield, VIC clinic. We look forward to answering your questions.