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Crown Lengthening

 
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Crown lengthening is often required when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration, but the position of the decay or fracture is deep below the gum tissue, inaccessible to your restoring dentist. Without the crown lengthening procedure in these cases, the surrounding tissues will be chronically inflammed due to improper spacing between the base of the restoration

 

Before photo - taken from the tongue side

 

After

and the bone.

The procedure involves adjusting the level of the gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship. This allows the restoring dentist the access needed to reach the edge of the restoration, ensuring a proper fit to the tooth. It will also provide enough tooth structure so the new restoration is stronger and more secure in the future. Finally, this procedure, which usually takes about an hour, will allow you to clean the edge of the restoration when you brush and floss, thereby preventing decay and gum disease.

When the procedure is completed, resorbable sutures, and occasionally a protective bandage are placed to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. You will need to return two weeks later for the doctor to evaluate your healing and provide you with further instruction in oral hygiene. Also, we will advise you on  when to return to your restoring dentist to complete your restoration.

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