Periodontal Treatment, Surgery and Crown Lengthening
Periodontal disease requires multiple rounds of therapy to recover. Scaling and root planing help treating the periodontal disease and would be required in all areas that are affected by the condition. This involves numbing and deep cleaning underneath the gumline to get rid of the infection. In some cases, when the pocket depth is too deep for our instruments to reach, surgery is recommended.
Controlling periodontal disease requires several visits per year for evaluation and management. Periodontal disease is controllable and can usually be stabilized.
Crown Lengthening is a periodontal procedure that saves a tooth that is either broken down or decayed below the gumline. To restore teeth, sufficient real tooth structure above the gumline to hold a good restoration in place is needed. If there is not enough tooth structure available, a crown lengthening procedure around that single tooth is performed. This procedure is designed to increase the extent of supragingival tooth structure for restorative or aesthetic purposes.
Badly damaged teeth or grossly decayed teeth can be problematic to the restorative dentists during their treatment due to the unavailability of sufficient clinical crowns. Hence, a crown lengthening procedure before restorative treatment is essential to repair such teeth.
Why crown lengthening procedure is necessary?
- Repair teeth: If your teeth are damaged below the gum line due to any gum disease or infection, a crown lengthening is performed to expose the damaged tooth to not only repair the damage but also attach a crown on the op.
- Actual crowns: Some patients do not have enough “tooth” on top of the gum to allow for proper fitting of a crown. If a crown is placed in such conditions, it can damage the gums, cause chronic inflammation and discomfort. Crown lengthening will ensure that the new crown will fit the tooth completely and comfortably.
- Gummy smiles : When the gums cover too much of the teeth and can make the teeth look small, it is generally referred to a gummy smile. With crown lengthening, patients can get a much bigger, brighter, and more confident smile.
How does crown lengthening work?
Crown lengthening can be done on one or multiple teeth. During the dental crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to show more of the natural tooth. The procedure is usually being completed in just 60-90 minutes.
How long does it take for crown lengthening to heal?
Crown lengthening can be done on one or multiple teeth. During the dental crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to show more of the natural tooth. The procedure is usually be completed in just 60-90 minutes.
Is Crown lengthening necessary?
Crown lengthening is recommended for an array of dental conditions. These include when teeth are too short, tooth decay that is severe below the gum line, or a broken or fractured tooth beneath the gum line.
Do gums grow back after crown lengthening?
Crown lengthening is necessary because the gum tissue takes cue for how high to grow from the underlying bone. If only the gum is removed and not the bone, the gum tissue will grow after about eight weeks, defying the purpose of the crown lengthening.