Dental Crown Lengthening and When it is Needed

Sometimes gum tissue may inhibit a dentist performing tooth restorative work, such as a broken tooth below the gum line. Crown lengthening involves removing gum tissue to expose the teeth.

Key takeaways:

– Usually performed with local anesthesia, the procedure is straightforward as the periodontist removes a tiny amount of gum tissue.

– The procedure can be used if excessive gum tissue covers the crowns of teeth, referred to as a gummy smile.

– Those who suffer from anxiety should discuss the sedation options with their dentist.

“Only infinitesimal amounts of gum tissue are removed during the procedure, and while the full recovery time will take approximately two weeks, you should be able to return to work and any normal activities the day after the procedure.”

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