Esthetic Crown LengtheningRio Rancho, NM
Esthetic crown lengthening involves recontouring gum tissue and occasionally bone to address a gummy smile. It also exposes more of a tooth's surface for a crown. As a result, esthetic crown lengthening can enhance your smile.
Esthetic crown lengthening is available at Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa in Rio Rancho and the surrounding area. We can help you achieve the smile you desire. Call us today at 505-346-3186 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Understanding Esthetic Crown Lengthening
According to MedicalNewsToday, the crown is "the part of the tooth that is visible above the gumline." People looking for esthetic crown lengthening typically want to address a gummy smile. Those with a gummy smile have "short-looking" teeth obscured by an excess of gum tissue. While this generally does not pose any functional problems, it may make some self-conscious about their smile.
Crown lengthening can have functional benefits as well. For example, crown lengthening can help expose decayed or broken areas of teeth. In addition, esthetic crown lengthening may also be a necessary part of a larger cosmetic or restorative dentistry procedure, such as dental bridges. It may also be necessary for patients who are getting fitted for dental crowns, which are tooth-shaped caps fitted onto damaged teeth.
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Preparing for Esthetic Crown Lengthening
Before an esthetic crown lengthening procedure, we must first thoroughly examine the patient's medical history and X-rays before setting a date for the treatment. A dental hygiene appointment before the procedure may also be necessary. This will decrease one's infection risk by clearing out any bacteria, tartar, and plaque.
Patients undergoing esthetic crown lengthening to reveal enough tooth for a crown may need a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it before surgery. This temporary crown will let the periodontist see how a crown will fit the tooth after the crown lengthening procedure. The final crown will be able to fit onto the lengthened tooth after three months of healing.
What to Expect from Esthetic Crown Lengthening
Colgate adds that there are three types of esthetic crown lengthening surger: apically repositioned flap surgery, gingivectomy, and surgical extrusion. In each procedure, the dentist removes the excess gum tissue. We will consider the following factors when deciding which surgery is best for you:
- Esthetic considerations
- The appearance of the tooth root
- The crown-to-root ratio
- The position of the targeted tooth
- What type of reconstructive surgery, if any, is necessary
- Whether there is any bone loss
All three types of esthetic crown lengthening are typically performed with a combination of local anesthesia and a sedative. Depending on the type of surgery we are performing, we will use a scalpel, laser, or a combination of the two. The more teeth that need to be treated, the longer the procedure will take. The treatment will also take longer if both bone and soft tissue removal are necessary.
Recovering from Esthetic Crown Lengthening
Anti-inflammatory medication and cold compresses can help with any pain or swelling after the surgery. We recommend avoiding hard, sticky, and sugary foods and sticking to soft, healthy foods while healing. Limit your diet to nutrient-rich foods and rinse your mouth gently after meals.
As the swelling continues to subside during the first few days of healing, the gums will also continue to shrink. If the treated tooth was in the back of the mouth, it may take six to 12 weeks for a full recovery. However, if the treated tooth is in the front of the mouth, it will typically heal in three to six months.
Possible Complications of Esthetic Crown Lengthening
Like with any other surgery, the two main complications are bleeding and infection. Patients should call their dentist immediately if they start experiencing any unexpected symptoms, such as persistent pain or bleeding.
In particular, patients should also watch out for sensitivity to hot and cold, appearance, and looseness. Sensitivity to hot and cold should subside with time or when we place the dental crown. A treated tooth may also look longer than the surrounding teeth after the procedure, and it may also feel looser.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening Aftercare
It is essential to maintain a vigilant oral care routine both before and after surgery. This will ensure that the patient achieves and keeps the best possible results. Patients should brush their teeth twice a day and floss at least once nightly.
If the surgery made room for a dental crown, patients should note that crowned teeth do not require any special care. Still, the underlying tooth must be taken care of and protected from decay or gum disease. Patients with porcelain crowns should also avoid biting on hard surfaces to prevent cracks.
Call Us Today
Esthetic crown lengthening can make you feel more confident about your smile. We at Riverside Dental Center & Beauty Spa can help. Call us today at 505-346-3186 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will insurance cover esthetic crown lengthening?
It depends on whether you need esthetic crown lengthening for functional reasons or only esthetic reasons. Cosmetic dentistry is typically not covered by dental insurance. We can help you reach out to your insurance agency to discuss your benefits.
Is esthetic crown lengthening painful?
We will do everything in our power to minimize any discomfort you feel. To do so, we may administer local anesthesia and a sedative. However, you may feel some pain or discomfort after the procedure.
Can more than one tooth be treated with esthetic crown lengthening?
Yes. However, the number of teeth that can be treated depends on your anatomy, bone density, bone structure, medical history, amount of gum exposure, and more. We will work with you to get the results that you want.
Can esthetic crown lengthening improve my oral health?
As the name suggests, esthetic crown lengthening has clear esthetic benefits. However, it can also improve one's oral health. By removing excess or damaged gum tissue, we can help reduce gingival pockets and make it easier to keep the teeth clean.
How long do the results of esthetic crown lengthening last?
The results of esthetic crown lengthening are long-lasting. Gum tissue typically does not grow back once removed. Keeping a good oral hygiene routine will help you maintain your results.
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