WHAT IS CROWN LENGTHENING?
Experienced family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Brian Call frequently performs laser-assisted crown lengthening procedures to enhance the balance of your smile and reveal more of your natural enamel. While similar to laser gum contouring, crown lengthening is different in that it can address both cosmetic and functional issues. To perform a crown lengthening treatment, Dr. Call utilizes advanced laser technology to remove excess gum tissue and reveal more of the natural enamel. Crown lengthening may also involve removing a small amount of bone, which can help make room for the placement of a restoration (such as a crown or bridge). To find out if crown lengthening could improve the appearance of your smile or accompany a restorative dental procedure for enhanced results, contact our team at Oakridge Dental in Farmington, UT.
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AM I A CANDIDATE FOR CROWN LENGTHENING?
To be a proper candidate for crown lengthening, you should be in good oral health and your gums should be free of disease. If you have periodontal disease, this will need to be treated before a crown lengthening treatment. In many cases, crown lengthening can be performed to address a "gummy" smile. In these instances, Dr. Call uses advanced laser technology to remove excess tissue and mold the gums into a more attractive shape. Meanwhile, other patients may require crown lengthening to make room for a dental restoration. This can be necessary when additional space is required to properly secure a bridge or crown.
HOW IS CROWN LENGTHENING DONE?
Before the procedure starts, a numbing agent will be applied to the necessary areas to minimize your discomfort. You can discuss other sedation options with Dr. Call during your consultation to help keep you comfortable and calm throughout the procedure. Once you're numb, comfortable, and ready, the excess gum tissue will be gradually removed with the laser to reveal more of your teeth and your gumline will be shaped for an even look. If necessary, a small amount of bone tissue may be taken as well. When Dr. Call has completed your crown lengthening procedure, he will stitch the gum tissue to stop bleeding and then clean your mouth.
After your crown lengthening treatment, your mouth might have some soreness and inflammation. Nonprescription pain relievers and cold compresses can be used to reduce your discomfort, but Dr. Call may write a prescription for pain medication and/or antibiotics. It could be helpful to follow a soft food or liquid diet for a few days as your gums recover. You should carefully clean your mouth with soft brushing and mouthwash, but avoid using dental floss for a period of time. In some cases, you might need to attend a follow-up appointment at Oakridge Dental so our team can assess your healing progress. Dr. Call will also continue to evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums during your yearly dental examinations.
REVEAL YOUR best SMILE TO THE WORLD
Whether you want crown lengthening for cosmetic purposes or require it as an additional service alongside a restorative procedure, this advanced laser-assisted treatment can produce more attractive, balanced results for men and women alike. By eliminating excess gum tissue, it's possible to reduce the appearance of a "gummy" smile and achieve improved oral health. Schedule a consultation at our Farmington, UT office to find out if you're a good candidate for crown lengthening.