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Dental crown lengthening

Everything You Should Know About Crown Lengthening

Sometimes, when fixing damaged teeth there may be no enough teeth space to support the filling or crown procedure. Usually this happens when tooth break, chip or crack at the gum line.

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Everything You Should Know About Crown Lengthening

Sometimes, when fixing a damaged tooth there may be not enough tooth structure to support the filling or crown procedure. Usually this happens when the tooth breaks, chips or cracks at the gum line. For the dental crown or dental filling to be successful, your dentist will have to expose more of the affected tooth through a surgical procedure known as crown lengthening. The crown lengthening procedure involves removing some bone or gum tissue to order to increase your success rate for having your tooth saved.

Crown lengthening is also a common cosmetic dentistry treatment for people with ‘gummy smile’. In fact, crown lengthening is the best treatment for a ‘gummy smile’. The gum tissue will be reshaped to expose more of the natural teeth, and as a result, your smile will be enhanced.

Why do you need crown lengthening?

If you have an extensive amount of gums and not enough teeth in your smile, there will come a time you will need crown lengthening for cosmetic or restoration reasons. Are you in need of dental crown or a large dental filling but note enough tooth structure to hold the crown or filling? Crown lengthening is a surgical process that helps to reshape the gums and bone areas at the base of the tooth in order to expose required tooth structure in order to maximize strength to hold your crown or restoration.

When a tooth breaks at the gum line or the dental decay is severe, it might be difficult to carry out a successful dental restoration that will hold in place. If more tooth structure is needed crown lengthening is only way to do so. With crown lengthening, more tooth exposed and this helps in carrying future restoration procedures such as dental crowns, dental fillings, veneers, and so on. Crown lengthening does not only help to enhance the success of tooth restoration procedure, but also helps to enhance dental aesthetics for those with ‘gummy smile’.



Who is more susceptible to needing crown lengthening?

Some people are more susceptible to needing crown lengthening, especially those with extra gums or ‘gummy smile’. Do you feel your extra gum tissues overshadow your teeth when you smile? Do your teeth appear too short or small? If the answer is yes, crown lengthening will help reveal the smile you really want. Excessive gingival display, also known as ‘gummy smile’, is one of the reasons you might need crown lengthening.

People who play contact sports break their teeth frequently, and this makes them more susceptible to needing crown lengthening. Such cases may be avoided by wearing protective mouth guard. If you have, a habit of biting hard non-food objects or using your teeth as tools, you more susceptible to needing crown lengthening, because such habits might lead to your teeth breaking beneath the gum line. Please be safe with your teeth! If you have any questions or concerns about dental habits or your smile let us know we are here for you!

How do you treat a patient using crown lengthening?

In case of dental crown or possible root canal treatment it may be required to do crown lengthening if most of the broken teeth is at the gum line. As a dentist, preparation the first thing you will have to carry out during crown lengthening procedure. During the first visit, the dentist will review the patient medical and dental history and do a thorough dental clinic examination to reveal exactly what is needed. If crown lengthening is needed it is always recommended to have a dental professional clean the teeth to increase the success rate of the procedure and longevity of the tooth itself.

If the patient is in need of a dental crown, sometimes a temporary crown is used to help protect the area that needs dental treatment. This will not only protect the teeth, but will also make the crown lengthening surgery easier as it will help the dentist or dental specialist determine how much bone or soft tissues should be removed. It could take several months of healing to maximize aesthetics of the area, and the dentist will make dental crowns that can fit on the lengthened tooth perfectly.

How is this done? The dentist will use local anesthesia to carry out the crown lengthening surgery. How long does the surgery take? Depends on the number of teeth in need of the surgery. If only one tooth is involved the treatment is safe, quick, and routine. Let us know if you have any questions on this topic sometimes this can be complex.

Sometimes, only the soft tissue of the gums needs to be adjsuted, while other times you will need to remove both the bone and soft tissue. This will depend on the complexity of the dental situation. During the treatment the gums are pushed aside and adjusted as needed and the underlying bone and the roots of the teeth will be exposed. When there is not enough tooth structure the bone will be then adjusted to reveal more tooth structure. Once teeth are exposed, the dentist will use sterile salt to clean the area to maximize the healing of the area.

For the patient in need of dental crowns, the dentist will remove the possible temporary crowns prior to the surgery and place them back on once the crown lengthening procedure is handled. After the surgery is over, the dentist will provide the patient will all cleaning and maintenance tips.  The dentist will prescribe a prescription mouth rinse, pain relievers, and oral hygiene information as needed.

Alternatives to Root Canal Treatment


What are the symptoms of someone who needs crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a common dental procedure that comes with numerous uses and benefits. The following are the symptoms of someone who needs to undergo this surgery;

  • Broken teeth beneath the gum line

Sometimes periodontal diseases may cause severe teeth damage. If the teeth have been damaged beneath the gum line, the restoration process cannot be successful without lengthening the crown. Crown lengthening helps to remove the excess gum tissue, and can be used to prepare the damaged teeth for restoration procedure.

  • Gummy smile

One of the uses of crown lengthening is cosmetic. Extra gum can make smiles look unnaturally and unattractive. For attractive smiles, the gum tissues need to be balanced. Not only can extra gum lead to gummy smiles, but can also expose you to periodontal infections. Removing extra gum tissues will restore the gum balance and enhance your mouth appearance as well as improve the smile.

  • Dental crowns

Are you in need of dental crowns? Crown lengthening will help to create more space between the dental crown and the supporting jawbone. If crown lengthening is done, there will be no cases of damaged bone or gum tissues once the crowns are fixed.

Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including: Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works). They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude. GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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