Often times, crown lengthening is asked for because of a desire to have a more attractive smile. However, once the dentist has performed a thorough examination, it is possible that the patient has other underlying conditions and disease that were causing this appearance. While there are people who are born with teeth that have an excess amount of soft tissue or gum around them, many times this is the result of periodontal disease or other previously unknown problems.
Sometimes this type of procedure is necessary due to an accident in which the tooth was broken off or fractured. In these instances, the tooth may be abnormally small because of the damage. Through the use of this procedure, the tooth and gum line can be reshaped so that it looks like the other healthy teeth in the mouth. The result is a beaming smile that radiates confidence and happiness.
When a patient is considering crown lengthening, they will be told that there are two options to choose from such as laser and regular surgery. Laser surgery is preferred by many medical professionals and patients alike because the healing time is much faster and the odds of infection lessen with laser surgery. However there are many factors to be considered by the dental professional before making a recommendation as to which would be best for the patient. The overall health of the patient as well as the oral health of the patient will have a lot to do with the final recommendation of the dentist.
Either type of surgery involves making an incision and removing the excess soft tissue as well as reshaping the tooth and bone. Afterwards, the incision is closed with stitches and the patient is allowed to go home and give their mouth time to heal. One last appointment will be made for the final step in the crown lengthening process, and once the work is completed, the patient will have the smile they hoped for.