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Do you have excess gum tissue? Has your tooth broken below the gum line? If so, then come see our dentist for a crown lengthening procedure.

What Is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a surgery where gum and bone tissue are trimmed to reveal healthy tooth structure so teeth appear taller. It is not only done for cosmetic reasons, but for oral health ones as well. If you suffer from periodontal disease or have a tooth that is cracked below the gum line, then your dentist may recommend a crown lengthening procedure as part of treatment.

Crown Lengthening Procedure

After injecting a local anesthetic, your dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue so they can work on the tooth or gum, depending on your need. After the work is done, your dentist will suture the gum tissue together. They will then rinse the area with salt water and apply a periodontal bandage.

Crown Lengthening Aftercare

After this minor surgery, your dentist will prescribe pain killers and a mouthwash for your use. You should also follow a soft diet, apply an ice pack to your face to reduce swelling, and brush carefully around the surgical area. If you experience problems such as severe pain, bleeding that doesn’t stop, excess swelling, or a bandage that falls off, then contact your dentist immediately.