In some cases, there may not be enough visible tooth surfaces above the gum line to support a crown. Crown lengthening involves removing bone and gum tissue to expose more of the base of a tooth, enabling a dentist to place a crown on top.
Crown lengthening may also be performed as a cosmetic procedure for patients with an excessive amount of gum tissue around one or more teeth.
The length of the procedure will depend on how many teeth require treatment. If your dentist needs to remove any bone tissue, the procedure will take longer.
The dentist will administer a local anaesthetic before creating an incision in the gum tissue and pulling it away from your teeth to expose the tooth roots and bone tissue.
In some cases, only gum tissue needs to be removed to expose the tooth — in others; bone will need to be removed as well. After enough of the tooth is exposed, the dentist will sterilise the area and stitch the incision closed.
We recommend sticking to soft foods for a day or two after crown lengthening. You can brush your teeth as normal but take care to avoid the site of your surgery. You may not be able to floss until your gum tissue has healed.
Your dentist will provide you with a tailored aftercare plan to suit your individual case. Take care to follow any advice they give you to speed up the healing process.
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