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Is Crown Lengthening Right for Me?
FAQs Answered for Orange County Dental Patients
At the Dental Oasis of Orange County, Brian Toorani, DDS, a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, knows how important it is to have a good, healthy smile. When someone has what is called a gummy smile, they often struggle with confidence and self-esteem issues as a result. Luckily, Dr. Toorani and his team can help!
Crown lengthening is a very common procedure that removes gum tissue, bone, or both to expose more of a tooth. The part of the tooth that we see is called the crown. When a tooth needs to be repaired, your dentist may need to perform a crown lengthening procedure to access enough of the tooth in order to repair it.
If you have a lot of gum tissue around your upper teeth or if you need a crown or filling installed, your dentist may perform a crown lengthening to improve the overall look and functionality of the affected teeth.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Crown Lengthening?
If you say that someone has a gummy smile, that term is really relative. In fact, Dr. Steve Ratcliff at Spear Education says that patients, general practitioners, and orthodontists will all have differing opinions as to how much gum is too much! For instance, non-professionals may say that 3mm, orthodontists said 2mm and general dentists said about 4mm. Clearly, the term gummy smile is all relative.
However, Spear Education does say that despite a shaky definition, there are some indicators to look out for. For instance, if you have a severe overbite or you have a very pronounced cupid’s bow that causes a have a short upper lip, you may be prone to a gummy smile.
The important thing is that if you are self-conscious and believe that you have too much gum, then you are probably a good candidate for the procedure.
While crown lengthening is often a cosmetic procedure, it can also be used to make it easier to place a filling or crown. In order to place a prosthesis (like a cap), the dentist may need to remove tissues so there is more available enamel to work with.
What’s Are Some of the Benefits with Crown Lengthening?
As previously mentioned, you’ll be able to boost your confidence because you won’t be so conscious about people looking at your gums. Also, the treatment is low-risk and not very uncomfortable, so you will be able to make a quick recovery. And if you don’t like the idea of going to the dentist for multiple treatments, you’ll be glad to know that crown lengthening can often be done in-office in one visit. If you need to get crowns to fix gaps and restore your oral function, but it’s not quite possible since you have too much gum covering your teeth, then crown lengthening is often a good first step towards your goals.
- One Treatment
- Smile Symmetry
- Better Oral Health
Are There Any Alternatives to This Procedure?
If you don’t want to get crown lengthening, but you want to reduce your gummy smile for cosmetic reasons, you may want to try lip repositioning surgery, which changes the muscles in your lips so they don’t raise as high when you smile. And keep in mind that if you are just using crown lengthening to change your smile for appearances, it is going to be more expensive than if it was for functional purposes. Cosmetic crown lengthening can be as much as $4,000!
Sometimes crown lengthening will not give quite enough height for crown placement. Sometimes tissues and bones are too damaged to be good enough to support a crown. However, there are alternatives if you want to avoid these risks or if you aren’t a good candidate in the first place. Orthognathic surgery and periodontal surgery can help patients with functional concerns.
A great alternative is orthodontic forced eruption. This is a great option for people who aren’t keen on invasive surgeries. During this treatment, your teeth are bracketed (just like braces) and forced upwards by a few millimeters so they erupt from the gums more. While this procedure can’t be completed in one visit, the timeline isn’t terribly long either (usually only two months).
If you have good underlying bone structures, but your gums may just make it too difficult to work with a prosthesis, you may want to consider a tooth extraction and eventual post placement instead.
Are There Risks or Important After-Care Instructions?
After a surgery that heavily affects your gums, it is very important to be aware of the risk of gum disease. Be sure to carefully clean your teeth and gums to ensure a healthy and long-lasting set of teeth.
Immediately after the surgery, you should not attempt to eat anything since you could easily bite your cheek, tongue, or lips. You should not use a straw for your drinks since that can dislodge clots and cause bleeding. Also, your dentist will probably okay you for OTC medications like ibuprofen, but you should always check before taking one.
Contact The Dental Oasis in Huntington Beach today!
For a painless, quick, and natural-looking restoration, choose Dr. Toorani and his team. If you are in the Orange County area, our CEREC® specialists and warm staff will be able to answer all of your questions about this potentially life-changing procedure.
Call (714) 894-7700 or visit Dental Oasis of OC today! You can also request an appointment online.
Dental Oasis Of Orange County is located at 7777 Edinger Ave #232, Huntington Beach, CA 92647