Smile Confidently with Crown Lengthening: Enhance Your Dental Health Today
When it comes to achieving a perfect smile, a healthy amount of gum tissue plays a vital role. However, whether you’re dealing with excess or insufficient gum tissue, finding the right dentist can be a challenge. That’s why patients from all over the region trust Dr. Makhani, the skilled oral surgeon dentist at Eagle Family Smiles, for his unparalleled expertise in gum tissue management.
Crown lengthening is a dental procedure commonly employed to modify the gum tissue around a specific tooth, enabling it to undergo restorative or cosmetic treatments. Furthermore, this technique can be utilized to address the issue of a “gummy” smile, characterized by an excessive amount of gum tissue covering the teeth. By reshaping and recontouring both the bone and gum tissue, crown lengthening reveals more of the natural tooth, resulting in an enhanced visual appearance. Whether performed on an individual tooth, multiple teeth, or the entire gum line, this treatment unveils a smile that is aesthetically pleasing.
Crown lengthening is a dental procedure required for restorative purposes when the edge of a tooth’s restoration, such as a crown, is too deep below the gum tissue to be accessed or too close to the bone. This procedure involves adjusting the gum tissue and bone levels around the tooth to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship and ensure a properly fitting crown to the tooth, allowing for cleaning of the restoration’s edge to prevent decay and gum disease. It is also performed for Esthetic / Cosmetic reasons, especially for patients having smaller front teeth or to improve the appearance of a “gummy smile”. When excessive gum tissue covers a significant portion of the teeth, the teeth may appear short and uneven, esthetic crown lengthening procedure is performed to remove excess gum tissue.
Crown lengthening is a relatively minor surgical procedure performed under local anesthesia. After the area is numb, the dentist would make a small incision in the gum tissue and separate the gum tissue from the tooth and the bone. Then the dentist will remove some of the gum tissue and the bone by reshaping it. This will expose more of the tooth’s root. Sutures will be placed to secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship, and a follow-up visit in a week or two will be necessary to remove the sutures and assess the healing process.
Gum recession can lead to the loss of natural defense against bacterial penetration and trauma, leaving the root surface exposed and sensitive. Gum reconstruction, utilizing gum grafting techniques, can help cover the exposed part of the root to address this issue. This procedure is highly predictable and results in a stable, healthy band of attached tissue around the tooth, providing a beautiful smile and a reliable defense against potential harm.
The recession of gum tissue exposes the root surface, which is softer than enamel, leading to sensitivity and an unattractive appearance. Additionally, gum recession causes the loss of a natural defense against bacterial penetration and trauma, increasing the likelihood of decay and gum disease. While the minor recession may only require modifying home care practices, significant recession necessitates gum reconstruction to cover the exposed portion of the root and restore a healthy gum-to-tooth relationship.
Our extensive experience and cutting-edge techniques in crown lengthening and other dental-related procedures make us a top choice for patients looking to enhance their smiles.
At Eagle Family Smiles, you’ll receive comprehensive family dental care that covers all of your periodontal needs. With over a decade of experience in the field, Dr. Makani has earned a reputation as the go-to dentist in Chester Springs for top-tier treatment. Plus, with multiple financing options available, you can rest assured that your care is affordable and accessible.
Say goodbye to the unsightly or unhealthy gum tissue and say hello to a beautiful, healthy smile with Dr. Makani and the team at Eagle Family Smiles.