How Are Teeth Damaged?
Damage to your teeth can be the result of several different issues.
What Is a Crown Lengthening?
When a tooth is badly damaged, it is most commonly restored with a dental crown. For the dental crown to be placed properly, and perform its functions properly, the damaged tooth needs to be prepared. It also requires that enough of the crown of your natural tooth be visible so that the restoration can effectively cover the whole tooth. When you have excess gum tissue, this tissue can block the proper placement of the crown.
In the event of tooth decay and cavities, a common treatment is a filling. If the cavity is at the gum line, the gum tissue can block the thorough removal of the decay. It can also prevent the proper filling of the tooth, which can leave the tooth susceptible to new decay.
Whether a crown is blocked from properly covering a tooth or a cavity is blocked from being properly treated, the affected tooth is at risk for experiencing new complications. The tooth can become infected, or the structure may be compromised. A crown lengthening can help in both of these cases, providing us with the access that we need to completely treat and restore the health, function, and aesthetics of your damaged tooth. This is achieved by removing the excess gum tissue so that we can place the necessary restoration properly.
Crown Lengthening Procedure
A crown lengthening is done under a local anesthetic. If necessary, sedation can also be provided. The procedure begins with small incisions in your gums, which enables us to separate the tissue from the affected teeth and expose the damage. Next, the necessary tissue is removed. In some cases, we may also need to remove a small amount of bone around the tooth for the best results. Finally, the gum tissue is sutured back up against the necks of your teeth, and we can then treat the damaged teeth as needed.
The Benefits of a Crown Lengthening
There are several benefits associated with a crown lengthening procedure.
If you have experienced tooth damage, but you have excess gum tissue that prohibits proper crown placement, a crown lengthening can help. Call Kelly Smile Dentistry today to learn more and schedule your consultation at (442) 229-0766.
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