Crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue in order to expose more of the tooth structure. The procedure can be done on one or multiple teeth, depending on the goal.
If you’re considering crown lengthening, you may be wondering how long it takes. Here’s what to expect from your crown lengthening procedure.
What is Crown Lengthening?
During a crown lengthening procedure, some of the gum tissue is removed from the teeth so that additional tooth material is visible. This can be done with a dental laser or traditional dental tools. Depending on the extent of crown lengthening that is needed, some bone may be removed, as well Local anesthesia is used to numb the tissue so that you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. Sutures may be needed to secure the remaining gum tissue while it heals.
What is the Purpose of Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening may done for any of these purposes:
- Cosmetic improvement. Some people have more gum tissue covering their teeth than others due to genetics. This can result in a “gummy” smile or small teeth. Crown lengthening can provide a more natural looking smile.
- Preparation for crown placement. If a tooth is severely decayed or broken off close to the gumline, it can be difficult to restore it with a crown. Crown lengthening can expose more tooth material to make room for an artificial crown to be placed over the tooth for protection.
Average Length of a Crown Lengthening Procedure
In many cases, a crown lengthening procedure will take about an hour or less. The actual length of the procedure may vary based on the number of teeth being treated and the dental tools being used.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Crown Lengthening?
It can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a few months for the tissue to fully heal after crown lengthening. This means that if your tooth is going to be fitted with a crown, the gum tissue must heal first. Allowing the tissue to heal before placing a crown is necessary for the health of your gums as well as the tooth being restored.
Who Performs Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening procedures are most often performed by a periodontist. A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the support structures for the teeth, including the gums. Gum tissue plays an important role in supporting the teeth. Removing too much gum tissue or bone during crown lengthening could leave the teeth unsupported and susceptible to loosening and decay. This is why crown lengthening should be performed by a specialist, specifically a periodontist.
Is Crown Lengthening Worth It?
Crown lengthening is a relatively simple procedure. If you are dissatisfied with your smile, crown lengthening could improve your confidence and help you feel more comfortable smiling in a variety of situations. If crown lengthening can make it possible for a tooth to be restored rather than extracted and replaced, you can save time and money.
Why Choose Holzinger Periodontics and Dental Implants?
Holzinger Periodontics has the experience and technology necessary to provide quality crown lengthening that can improve your smile and your dental health. We provide an advanced level of care that only a specialist can offer.
Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.