WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR CROWN LENGTHENING?
Ideal candidates for crown lengthening are those looking to improve the health and appearance of the smile. Also, someone who needs to restore a tooth may benefit from the procedure allowing the restorative dentist access to the affected area. Other than the gums, patients must be in good oral health to be proper candidates for crown lengthening. Either before or after a crown lengthening surgery, repairs may be required if structural damage is present on the teeth.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY CROWN LENGTHENING TREATMENT?
Prior to your crown lengthening surgery, dental x-rays may be taken to check the tooth’s structure beneath the gumline. In some cases, extensive teeth cleaning is needed before crown lengthening can be performed. Typically, only local anesthesia is needed during crown lengthening surgery. To begin a crown lengthening treatment, a local anesthetic will be applied to the gums. Once this has taken effect, the periodontist will begin removing excess gum tissue around the teeth. Crown lengthening surgery is often performed in under 1 hour.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY CROWN LENGTHENING TREATMENT?
Following crown lengthening surgery, it is best to rest for the remainder of the day. Sensitivity and discomfort around the surgical site are normal and typically go away within 2-3 days. Generally, over-the-counter pain medication can help ease post-operative discomfort. Until the gums have healed, you should avoid eating overly hot or cold, spicy, or hard food, as these can irritate the gums and surgical site. Gentle brushing will also be required until the gums have healed. Dr. John Koutsoyiannis also suggests applying ice packs to help ease pain and reduce inflammation. The periodontist will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to follow after undergoing a crown lengthening procedure.