What is Crown Lengthening?

What is Crown Lengthening?

 

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Dental crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth’s structure.

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Sometimes there isn’t enough tooth structure left above the gum line to support a dental crown. Without enough structure to grab on to, ill-fitting dental crowns may cause chronic inflammation and irritation and tooth decay may get deeper.

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Dental crown lengthening is a simple surgical procedure usually performed by a periodontist or an oral surgeon using local anesthesia. The procedure is done prior to having a permanent crown placed.

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Gums will need to heal 2-3 weeks before your tooth can be fitted with the final dental crown or filling.

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