Excess gum tissue can be surgically removed so aesthetically pleasing tooth contours can be created. The gums can also be reshaped at the base to expose additional tooth surface to support a new restoration.
Some common conditions that require this procedure are short tooth, severe decay below the gum line and a tooth that has fractured and broken off beneath the gum line.
This standard procedure is typically performed by a periodontist under local anesthetic but can be combined with sedation for patients who desire it.
The area of gums selected is reduced and contoured through the removal of small amounts of tissue using surgical tools. When the area is shaped, stitches are placed to promote healing. The procedure is typically completed in about an hour.
Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter painkillers. Eat softer foods for at least 24 hours. After a crown lengthening, you can brush your teeth near the stitches but avoid your gums. Avoid flossing the area until your gums are healed. Food trapped between teeth can be gently removed using a toothpick or water irrigator instead.
Full recovery takes 1-2 weeks, but you will need 4-6 weeks before you can get a permanent restoration done.
Crown lengthening is a simple procedure that ensures a healthy and long-lasting smile. Please call us on 0141 632 1378 to book a consultation to discuss how you can benefit from crown lengthening treatment.Back to the Treatments
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