It’s no secret that dentists like us are committed to saving teeth. That’s why we fill cavities whenever possible instead of just pulling teeth out. However, in some cases cavities can cause tooth decay to a point where restoration is virtually impossible without a procedure called crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening is a routine surgical procedure where we remodel the contour of your gum line. The procedure doesn’t actually lengthen the crown, but rather lowers the gum line. That way, a crown can be placed with more success.
In many instances, this is the only treatment option available, especially when there isn’t enough tooth structure visible in a patient. Sometimes a tooth has been broken below the gum line as well. In this case, crown lengthening is very successful in exposing more of the tooth so that the dentist has something to work with.
As for the procedure itself, don’t worry—crown lengthening is a very common treatment. We’ll use local anesthesia to keep you as pain-free and comfortable as possible. After the surgery, stitches will be set in place (these will be removed around 7-10 days following your procedure). Additionally, we normally prescribe a pain reliever, mouth rinse, and a soft diet after the procedure, so your tooth (or teeth) can heal properly.
If you have any questions about crown lengthening, feel free to ask and we’ll be happy to help address your thoughts and schedule an appointment for your procedure.