There are a situation when lengthening the tooth is necessary. Making the tooth longer is not possible, but we can remove gum tissue to expose more of the tooth. This is done in office, often with a local anesthetic, making a series of small cuts which are then sutured closed. Working with David Frausto, DDS, and our staff at Surprise Smiles, we can help you have the healthy teeth you need. We will evaluate your gums and teeth, and make recommendations that will enhance your wellness, your function, and your look. For some, this may mean crown lengthening.
Why Crown Lengthening?
In general, we perform the dental procedure of crown lengthening for one of two reasons:
||To Make Repairs:At times, a patient may need to have a tooth restored above or below the gum line. To gain access to more of the tooth, we may need to remove some of the gum tissue. Whether the patient has decayed, because we need to place a dental crown, or because the tooth has fractured, we may need to reach a larger portion of the tooth.
||To Reduce a Gummy Smile:Known as a gummy smile, some patients have excessive gum tissue. This extra tissue may hang over the teeth, creating hiding spots for bacteria to accumulate and difficult to remove through brushing. Patients may be displeased in the aesthetic of a gummy smile, but the problems with bacteria causing decay and gum disease can make the issue substantially worse.
Gum Lengthening Procedure
Before removing gum tissue, the first step is to make sure the patient is comfortable. In most situations, this is done with a local anesthetic unless there is more work being done at the same time. Once the patient is numbed, we can then proceed. Gum lengthening is done by making a series of cuts to the soft gum tissue exposing more of the tooth. To have a better look, we often need to make cuts to tissue near the tooth and gradually adjust the tissue, smoothing it out, and perfecting the appearance. Following the cuts, David Frausto, DDS will close the incisions with sutures and wash the area with an antibacterial rinse. The patient is sent home with care instructions which will include information about watching for excessive bleeding and how to avoid infection. After a period of healing, we will want to meet again to check for healing and remove the stitches.
If the patient is having a crown placed, this can be done once the tissue is appropriately healed, or by David Frausto, DDS discretion.
Dentistry is more than just the restoration of oral health; it is the prevention of oral disease. In most situations, crown lengthening is a preventive measure to keep gums healthy. At Surprise Smiles, we can help you have healthier teeth and gums by taking appropriate measures customized to each patient.
For more information on crown lengthening and protecting your teeth from gum disease, contact Surprise Smiles. Our Surprise office is here to assist you. (602) 842-4864