Crown lengthening involves extending the surface of the tooth, so that more of the tooth is visible.
This treatment can be used to address a ‘gummy smile’, which is when more of the gum is on display than appears natural, especially when smiling. Crown lengthening can also sometimes be necessary in order to successfully carry out another treatment such as an implant or bridge.
Although this is a treatment that requires great skill and training to perform, for the patient it is relatively quick and straightforward. Most crown lengthening treatments can be achieved in just one appointment lasting up to an hour or so. First, an X-ray will be performed and then we’ll contour the gums to reveal more of the tooth’s surface using a laser. Some cases might also require some of the bone to be shaved, but this isn’t always the case.
We’ll make sure to cover all your after-care needs at the time, but you should expect to experience some bleeding after the treatment. You should also avoid hot and cold food and drinks, as well as spicy, chewy, or hard to eat food for up to 72 hours afterwards. Once the local anaesthetic has worn off, it’s normal to have some pain in the area, but this can usually be treated with paracetamol or ibuprofen or the application of an ice pack.
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