Our dentists at Dental Express are experienced in crown lengthening, which improves your appearance and the health of your smile. Crown lengthening can come off as an odd term to some because it sounds like it involves making the tooth longer. A more precise term is crown exposure because some of the gum tissue is removed to reveal more of the tooth. You might want crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons if you want to fix a "gummy" smile. Crown lengthening may also be done if not enough of your crown is visible to support a crown, filling, or another restoration. To get more information, schedule an appointment at one of San Diego, CA locations.
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Candidates who want crown lengthening treatment should have good health, especially when it comes to their gums. Before a crown lengthening treatment, you might need to treat gum (periodontal) disease. Most frequently, crown lengthening is performed for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In such instances, the excess gum tissue is removed to improve the smile and to provide an even gumline. In some cases, crown lengthening is needed to complete a dental restoration. Our team may need to reveal more of the tooth to place a bridge, crown, or filling.
What To Expect
At the beginning of the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the impacted gum regions and to make the procedure more comfortable. You can discuss other sedation methods with us during your consultation to help you stay comfortable and calm throughout the treatment. After your mouth is numb, the gum tissue is removed in small slivers to slowly show more of the teeth, and then your gumline is shaped for an even look. As soon as we complete the crown lengthening procedure, your gum tissue is sealed and then your mouth will be rinsed.
After your treatment, your mouth may be sore and inflamed. Nonprescription pain relievers and cold compresses usually reduce your discomfort, but our dentists may prescribe pain medication or antibiotics. We suggest sticking to a liquid or soft food diet for a few days while your gums recover. You should carefully clean your mouth with mouthwash, perform soft brushing, and avoid flossing. In some cases, you may need a follow-up appointment at Dental Express to monitor your healing. At your yearly dental exam, our dentists will also check your oral health, including your gums.
The cost of crown lengthening may vary, depending on why the treatment is being performed. Dental insurance providers might cover a part of the expense in certain scenarios, but they might not. In any case, our financial team will contact your provider to determine your personal costs before discussing your options for payment. If you don't have dental insurance, we can help estimate your costs at the consultation and give you more information on low-interest financing to make your dental treatments more affordable.
If you need to restore your oral health or you want to improve your smile, find out more about crown lengthening treatments at Dental Express. By eliminating gum tissue, it is possible to improve the look of your smile or prepare your teeth for a dental restoration. Schedule a consultation with one of our expert dentists to determine if you're a candidate for cosmetic or restorative crown lengthening treatments at one of our Dental Express locations in San Diego, CA.