Crown lengthening is often done when a tooth needs to be repaired or there is significant decay below the gum line. When a tooth breaks off at the gumline or when a crown or filling falls out and there is decay underneath, your dentist may need to expose more of the tooth to be able to place a filling or crown. This is done by removing gum tissue or bone.
The best way to determine if you need a crown lengthening procedure is by making an appointment with your dentist. They can then review your symptoms, make an accurate diagnosis and give you their recommended treatment plan.
How Is A Crown Lengthening Procedure Performed?
Crown lengthening is a minor periodontal surgery. Before it is performed, your periodontist or oral surgeon may recommend that you get a professional cleaning.
For the procedure, your periodontist or oral surgeon will use a drill, a laser, or some combination of the two, to reshape the gum and bone around your tooth. The procedure is typically done in a dental office using the same type of local anesthesia you might get for a filling. Sometimes the anesthesia is used in combination with a sedative medication. After surgery, the area will heal, a process that can take days or months, depending on your unique situation.
Who Performs Crown Lengthening Surgery?
Typically, a crown lengthening surgery can be done in a dental office, but in some cases, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist or oral surgeon. To find a dental office near you, visit our locations page.