What is Crown Lengthening?
At Downtown Boston Dental, our dentists are skilled in crown lengthening, a treatment used to enhance the look and health of your smile. Crown lengthening may come off as an odd name to some since it sounds like it entails adding length to the tooth. A more accurate term would be crown exposure since some of the gum tissue is cut away to reveal more of the tooth. You might consider crown lengthening for cosmetic reasons if you have what some refer to as a "gummy" smile. It could also be needed if not enough of your tooth is visible to hold a crown, filling, or another restoration. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our Boston, MA office today.
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Can I Get Crown Lengthening?
You may be an ideal candidate for crown lengthening if you are in good overall health, especially in terms of your gums. If you have gum (periodontal) disease, that will likely need to be addressed before crown lengthening is performed. Most often, crown lengthening is done for aesthetic reasons to correct a "gummy" smile. In such instances, excessive gum tissue can be removed to balance the ratio of visible enamel to gums and give you a raised, even gumline. In some cases, crown lengthening may also be required to perform a restoration if we need to reveal more of the tooth in order to place a crown, bridge, or filling.
What To Expect From Crown Lengthening
Before your procedure starts, local anesthesia will be applied to the needed regions of your mouth in order to reduce pain and discomfort. We can talk about other sedation options at your initial consultation if you need help keeping calm and comfortable throughout the treatment. When your mouth is prepared, we will remove the gum tissue in small slivers to slowly reveal more of your enamel. Your gumline will be sculpted for a lifted and even look. Once we have finished the crown lengthening treatment, we will close the gum tissue and rinse your mouth.
Recovering From Crown Lengthening
Following your crown lengthening procedure, your mouth may be sore and swollen. Over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses can be used to lessen your discomfort, but we may prescribe antibiotics and/or pain medication in certain situations. It may be good to stick to a soft food or liquid diet for a few days as your mouth heals. You will want to carefully clean your mouth with soft brushing and mouthwash and avoid flossing. In some cases, you might need to make another appointment at Downtown Boston Dental to track your recovery. Someone from the team will also assess your gums and oral health at your yearly dental exam.
The cost of your crown lengthening will differ, depending on why it is being performed. Dental insurance providers may cover a part of the expense in some scenarios, but they also may not. In any event, we will get in touch with your provider to determine what your out-of-pocket costs will be before discussing your options for payment. If you do not have dental insurance, we can help estimate your costs in your consultation and give you more info on low-interest medical financing that could help to make your dental treatments more affordable.
If you need to restore your oral health or you want to improve your smile, learn more about crown lengthening at Downtown Boston Dental. By removing gum tissue, we can help you enhance the appearance of your smile and reduce your "gummy" smile or prepare your teeth for a dental restoration. Schedule an appointment with one of our seasoned dentists to determine if you're a candidate for crown lengthening at our office in Boston, MA.