Dental Crown Lengthening
Palo Alto, CA
There are many reasons why you might need a dental crown lengthening procedure.
Thanks to the effectiveness of dental crown lengthening, oral defects like gummy smiles are fixed permanently.
Our team at Palo Alto Oral Health will perform the procedure that involves exposing more surface of your teeth. This goes a long way in enhancing your smile.
If you have questions regarding dental crown lengthening surgery, don't hesitate to contact us.
What is Dental Crown Lengthening?
A dental crown lengthening procedure is a type of oral surgery that involves the removal of excessive gum tissue around the upper teeth. This procedure aims to make your teeth look longer and give you a more natural look.
Our experts frequently perform this procedure as patients look to overcome various oral setbacks and attain a beautiful smile. If you have an uneven gum line, our experts will perform a crown lengthening procedure to make the gum line more symmetrical. This will enhance your smile and make it more natural.
Apart from cosmetic reasons, we might also perform crown lengthening procedures for other reasons. For instance, this procedure might be needed to support the installation of dental crowns.
Crowns, or caps, are often used to replace damaged or cracked teeth. If you have severe tooth decay that results in untreatable cavities, you might need a crown lengthening procedure to create space for tooth replacement.
Dental crowns are a chosen option for patients with missing teeth due to cavities and other oral conditions. Crowns also cover discolored teeth and give you a brighter smile.
What Happens During a Crown Lengthening Procedure?
A crown lengthening procedure typically involves removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the crown. It can also involve removing some bone tissue to create the ideal shape for your teeth.
More of your tooth structure will be exposed when you undergo a crown lengthening procedure. This is crucial because it makes your teeth look natural.
With a bigger exposed surface, we will fit you with a dental bridge that replaces the missing tooth. Our team can also perform an additional dental procedure to make your gum line asymmetrical.
Is Crown Lengthening Painful?
A crown lengthening procedure is not painful. This is because we put you under local anesthesia before starting the procedure. You will not feel any pain or discomfort during the entire process.
After numbing the affected area, our expert will cut into the gum and expose the jawbone and tooth root. Then, our team will decide whether to remove some of your gum or the bone to create enough tooth structure.
This decision is made after carefully evaluating your gum condition. Once we complete the procedure, we will carefully stitch the gum back into position.
From here, you will have to wait for a few weeks to recover. You might experience slight discomfort post-surgery, with our team giving you tips on how to manage any side effects.
How Long Does a Crown Lengthening Procedure Take?
A crown lengthening procedure takes less than an hour to complete. This depends on the number of teeth being treated and the extent of treatment.
Even though the actual procedure takes a short time to finish, the overall timeline might take longer. It might take several weeks to achieve a crown lengthening procedure fully.
Generally, the process can take up to three months from start to finish. We advise that you follow the given guidelines to speed up the recovery process.
What Can I Eat After a Crown Lengthening?
Diet is a crucial part of healing after a crown lengthening procedure. You shouldn't try to eat until the numbness has completely worn off. Our team recommends that you should stick to soft foods for about five days following the surgery.
You can also try semi-solid foods as long as they are comfortable to chew. Yogurt, custard, eggs, casseroles, steamed vegetables, pasta, and cooked cereals are some of the ideal foods you should eat after a crown lengthening surgery.
Our team recommends that you stick to these foods during the first few days following your surgery. You are warned against eating acidic, salty, spicy, cold, or hot foods or drinks. You should also avoid chips, nuts, and fibrous or crunchy foods that might interfere with your recovery.
How Long Does it Take to Recover From Crown Lengthening?
It can take up to three months to fully recover from a crown lengthening procedure. You might feel a degree of swelling and discomfort during the first few days following the surgery.
You might notice a little bleeding around the wound, especially if you rattle it. If the bleeding becomes intense and doesn't stop, contact us immediately.
The bleeding could be due to an underlying condition that needs treatment. If you have swelling, our team recommends using an ice pack to manage it.
Use the pattern of 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off for the best results. If you feel pain, prescription pain medications can help reduce it.
How Long After Crown Lengthening Can I Get a Crown?
Getting a crown takes around six to eight weeks after a crown lengthening.
This period allows the newly lengthened gums to settle and get them ready for crown placement. Keep in mind that waiting for too long can break the crowns. Therefore, it is crucial to have them placed on time.
Do Gums Grow Back After Crown Lengthening?
Gums don't grow back after crown lengthening. When we perform a crown lengthening surgery to reduce the pocket depths, gums cannot grow back.
This procedure allows you to maintain a gum-free area and eliminate any pocket depth. If the gums were to grow back, you would have the same problem again.
Therefore, our team ensures that there is no chance of gums growing back after a crown lengthening procedure.
Learn More About Crown Lengthening and Call Us Today!
If you need a crown lengthening procedure, don't hesitate to call us at (650) 321-9693. We have an experienced team of professionals ready to help you achieve your perfect smile.
At Palo Alto Oral Health, we are committed to ensuring you get the best crown-lengthening services that will leave your smile looking as beautiful as ever.