Crown Lengthening Overview
Our board-certified periodontists are uniquely experienced at crown lengthening to improve the visual appeal and health of your smile. Crown lengthening may come off as an odd term to some since it sounds like it entails adding material to the tooth. A more precise term might be crown exposure because gum tissue is removed to show more of the tooth enamel. You may consider crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons, such as to correct a "gummy" smile appearance. Crown lengthening could also be ideal if an insufficient surface area of a tooth is visible to hold a dental filling, crown, or another restoration. To learn more about crown lengthening with our Bellevue, WA team, schedule an appointment at Premier Periodontics.
Crown Lengthening Reviews
"Issa Dkeidek, DDS, MSD did a “crown lengthening” procedure around lower-left-back crown. My dentist referred me to them and set up the appointment, because my permanent crown is so shallow that the permanent cement doesn’t hold the crown in place for more than a few months. He & assistant Sadie spent a generous amount of time answering my questions, and explaining the procedure and the after care. Some of my questions related to medical issues, and my TMD which causes my jaw to lock open during some dental procedures, unless I’m given frequent opportunities to close my jaw. He removed some surface gum, then cut it away to access & remove 1-3mm height off the jaw bone. Stitched gum back in place. In six weeks or so once the gum is firm enough to resist pressure, my dentist will take a mold for a new crown that will be deeper inside, and then hopefully I will never have issues with that one permanent crown popping off frequently, especially when it’s a new replacement. Gums were not deep enough to do the simpler gingivectomy. Gentle, fast, calm, friendly and good listeners!"- L.C. / Google / Nov 03, 2019
Best Candidates for Crown Lengthening
If you are considering crown lengthening, you should be in good overall health, particularly in terms of the gums. Conditions, like periodontal (gum) disease, may need to be treated before crown lengthening can be performed. Most often, crown lengthening is requested for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In such instances, excess gum (and often bone) tissue can be removed to improve the proportion of tooth to gums and provide you an even, more attractive smile. For other patients, crown lengthening may be needed in order to perform a dental restoration. Our periodontists might need to remove a small amount of gum and bone to uncover more of your tooth and create the space needed for your restorative dentist to place a filling, bridge, or crown.
What To Expect with Crown Lengthening
To begin the procedure, a local anesthetic is administered to the treatment area to ensure a comfortable procedure. You can discuss other sedation methods with our periodontists in your initial consultation to help you stay calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. Once you are ready, a small amount of the gum tissue is removed at a time to gradually show more of the enamel, and then your gumline will be shaped for an even look. We may also need to shave the underlying bone to achieve a natural contour and your desired results. Crown lengthening is generally completed within a single visit to Premier Periodontics.
Crown Lengthening Recovery
After your crown lengthening procedure, your gums may be a little tender and swollen. Over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses can be used to minimize your discomfort. It may be good to stick to a soft food diet for the first few days while your gums heal. Our clinical team will provide you with instructions on how to care for your mouth at home during the recovery phase. If you are receiving a crown lengthening procedure to enable restorative dental care, we will advise you as to when you can move forward with having your treatment completed.
Crown Lengthening Insurance Coverage
The cost of crown lengthening will differ, depending on why it is being performed. Dental insurance might cover a portion of the cost in some scenarios, such as when it supports functional oral health needs. Our financial staff will get in touch with your insurer and estimate what your out-of-pocket costs might be. Premier Periodontics strives to keep our treatments affordable without compromising on quality and accepts several convenient payment solutions, including special financing options.
enhanced oral health
Crown lengthening may be just what you need to enhance a gummy smile or facilitate placement of a dental restoration. As a leading specialty practice in the Bellevue, WA area, Premier Periodontics is pleased to offer this advanced treatment option to meet your oral health needs. Schedule a consultation with our team today to learn if you are a candidate for restorative or cosmetic crown lengthening treatment.