Crown lengthening is typically performed under local anesthetic. The duration of the procedure depends on the number of teeth being treated. But even when only one tooth is involved, the adjacent teeth are also involved so the tissues can be reshaped gradually. Procedures that involve the removal of soft tissue take less time compared to those also require the removal of the underlying bone.
Are You a Suitable Candidate for Crown Lengthening?
We can help you learn more about crown lengthening and identify whether this is the appropriate procedure to optimize your health, function, comfort, and appearance.
Improved periodontal health and a beautiful new smile are your keys to speaking, eating, and smiling with comfort and confidence. For any inquiries on our crown lengthening procedure, kindly call our office at 512-872-3658 to talk to someone in our team.
Cosmetic Crown Lengthening Dentists in Austin, Texas
Crown lengthening is an oral surgical procedure that re-contours the gum tissue, as well as the underlying bone, in preparation for cosmetic or restorative procedures, or simply to improve the health of your gums. The procedure can also be used to correct a “gummy” smile, which is characterized by excess gum tissue covering the teeth.
Reasons for Crown Lengthening
1. To support a filling or crown
Sometimes, there may not be enough of the tooth sticking out above the gum to support a filling or crown, like when:
- A tooth breaks off at the gum line
- A filling or crown falls out of a tooth and there’s decay underneath
In such instances, when there’s fracture or decay under the gum line, your dentist can recommend crown lengthening to help expose more of the damaged tooth in order to prevent the new crown from damaging bone and gum tissues once it is in place.
2. To preserve the health of the periodontium
Dentists usually try to maintain a minimum distance of 3mm from the crown margins to bone to enable proper soft tissue attachment. So, crown lengthening may be needed to adjust this biologic width, and:
- To eliminate chronic inflammation/irritation; pain and discomfort; and bone loss around an existing crown that may cause width impingement
- To adjust soft tissues and bone away from the proposed crown margins to circumvent biologic width impingement after crown cementation
- To avoid worsening tooth prognosis while keeping the standard crown-to-root ratio of 1:1, and while minimizing the reduction of bone and soft tissue of the adjacent teeth
3. For Cosmetic Purposes
Extra gum tissue not only makes the teeth look unnaturally short, but also increases susceptibility to periodontal infections. Crown lengthening to remove the excess gum tissue can help restore a balanced, natural, and healthy look, improving the aesthetic appearance of your smile.