The art of dentistry has come an extremely long way from just extracting teeth that are causing an issue. It is now possible to actually save the teeth that would otherwise be unrestorable through a process called crown lengthening.
What Is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is an extremely common procedure that extends the height or size of the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gumline. A regular dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to cover and restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. You may need a crown if you have a tooth that is either very weak, damaged, or extremely discolored. When there is not enough tooth visible above the gumline for the cap to fit comfortably on top, crown lengthening is the best solution.
How Does Crown Lengthening Work?
This procedure does not last long, usually about an hour and is completed with local anesthetics. The surgery involves recontouring the gum tissue and the bone around the tooth so that the appropriate amount of tooth structure is exposed. After this procedure, the area needs enough time to heal, which usually takes 1-2 weeks. You will then have the stitches removed and be given more time for healing to occur. When adequate healing is achieved, you will return for the remainder of the treatment, which involves actually placing the crown onto the visible tooth.
What are the Benefits of Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is often the preferred choice over extracting a tooth. With this process, there is no space left from where the tooth was, and chewing or speaking does not become an issue the way it sometimes does with missing teeth. The procedure does not affect any of the surrounding teeth and should not feel any different than a regular tooth. It is far less invasive than a root canal and offers beautiful and comfortable results.
If you are interested in crown lengthening, contact Dr. Horton and Dr. McCaskill’s office today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.