WHAT IS CROWN LENGTHENING?
Our general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Boulard, is experienced at crown lengthening to enhance the visual appeal and health of your smile. Crown lengthening can come off as an odd name to some since it sounds like it involves adding length to the tooth. A more precise term is crown exposure because gum tissue is cut away to reveal more of the enamel. You may be a patient that is receiving crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons if you want to improve a "gummy" smile. Crown lengthening could also be performed if not enough of your tooth is visible to support a filling, dental crown, or another restoration. To learn more, schedule an appointment at Something To Smile About in Merrimack, NH.
WHO NEEDS CROWN LENGTHENING?
Ideal candidates for crown lengthening should be in good overall health, particularly in terms of the gums. Conditions such as gum (periodontal) disease may have to be addressed before crown lengthening is performed. Most frequently, crown lengthening for cosmetic reasons will correct a "gummy" smile. In these situations, excess gum tissue can be removed. This will make the proportion of gum tissue to enamel look more appealing and give you an even gum line. In some cases, crown lengthening can also be required to complete a restoration like a dental filling, crown, or bridge.
DR. BOULARD'S CROWN LENGTHENING TECHNIQUE
Before the crown lengthening process starts, a numbing injection will be placed on the necessary areas to minimize your discomfort. You can talk about other sedation options with Dr. Boulard during your initial consultation to help you stay calm throughout the process (if needed). Once your mouth is prepared, the gum tissue will be removed in small slivers to gradually reveal more of the enamel. Then, your gum line will be shaped for a lifted and even look. When Dr. Boulard has finished the crown lengthening process, he will stitch the soft gum tissue.
CARING FOR YOUR Gums After crown Lengthening
After your treatment, your mouth may be sore and swollen. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers may be used to lessen your discomfort. Follow a soft food or liquid diet for a few days as your gums heal. You should keep your mouth clean at home with soft brushing and mouthwash while avoiding flossing in that area. In some cases, you might need to schedule a follow-up appointment at Something To Smile About for our team to monitor your recovery. Dr. Boulard will also continuously assess your oral health during your routine dental exams.
SEE MORE OF YOUR CROWN
If you need to lengthen a crown in your smile, learn more information at Something To Smile About. By eliminating extra gum tissue, you'll be able to say goodbye to the look of a "gummy" smile. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Boulard to determine if you are a candidate for crown lengthening at our dental practice in Merrimack, NH.