Crown Lengthening in San Jose, CA

Are you looking for Crown Lengthening in San Jose, CA? Dr Rana Baroudi provides high quality dental care for her patients in San Jose, CA

Crown lengthening is a procedure that is generally performed to improve the health of gum tissue or prepare the mouth for cosmetic or restorative procedures. Crown lengthening procedures can also be used to help with correcting a “gummy” smile (which refers to when teeth are covered by excessive gum tissue). Crown lengthening exposes more of the natural tooth of a patient by recontouring or reshaping the bone and gum tissue. This treatment can be performed on one tooth, several teeth, or even the entire gum line. This leads to a lovely smile. 

Reasons for Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is a common procedure that has lots of benefits and effective uses. The majority of patients that have undergone crown lengthening surgery are happy with the results.

Here are some of the most common reasons for crown lengthening:

  • Restoration of damaged teeth – Periodontal disease can cause massive damage to the teeth of the patient, as well as trauma and decay. Crown lengthening can be used to prepare an area for restoration to correct damage that has been done to teeth beneath the gum line.
  • Cosmetic uses – When patients have extra gum tissue, it can cause teeth to look unnaturally short. It can also increase the susceptibility they have to periodontal disease. By removing excess gum tissue, the aesthetic appearance and health of the gums are improved.
  • Dental crowns – Crown lengthening provides increased space between the dental crown and supporting jawbone. This prevents the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone after it is placed.
Factors That Affect Jawbone Volume

What Does Crown Lengthening Involve?

Before the crown lengthening procedure begins, the dentist will generally provide local anesthetic. The dentist makes a series of small incisions around the soft tissue to separate the gums from the teeth. Even if only one tooth needs to be re-contoured, the neighboring teeth are treated to provide a more even reshaping. By separating the gums, the dentist has access to the roots of the teeth and underlying bone.

In some cases, the removal of a small amount of tissue will provide enough exposure to place a dental crown. Other times, the dentist will also need to remove a small amount of bone from around the patient’s teeth. The bone is often removed with a combination of special hand and rotary instruments. The rotary instrument looks similar to the drill used in cavity treatment.

Once the dentist is satisfied with the teeth exposure, the wound is cleaned with sterile water. The gum tissue is then sutured with small stitches. The teeth will look noticeably longer right after surgery, as the gums have now been repositioned. The dentist secures the surgical site with the use of a periodontal (intraoral) bandage. This prevents infection. The dentist may provide prescriptions for pain medication. An antimicrobial mouth rinse may be provided to help reduce bacteria. An ice pack may be used for the first few hours after the procedure to help with swelling. It’s important to alternate the use of an ice pack on and off for about 20 minutes at a time. You’ll also want to avoid hot foods for a day after surgery. When you brush, be very careful. Follow all brushing and aftercare instructions provided by your dentist. It’s normal to experience some minor bleeding. If your bleeding is excessive, though, contact our office. The site of the surgery will be healed in around two to three months.

How long the procedure takes will depend on the number of teeth involved and whether a small amount of bone will need to be removed in addition to the soft tissue. Existing dental crowns will be removed before the procedure, then replaced afterward.  

Need Crown Lengthening in San Jose, CA?

Reach Out Today!

If you have a “gummy smile” and don’t like how much of your teeth are covered by your gums, reach out to our practice. We’ll schedule you an appointment so Dr. Rana Baroudi can take a look and see if crown lengthening is a good option. She also may recommend the procedure during your initial checkup visit at our practice.

If you need restoration services or the placement of a dental crown, a crown lengthening procedure may be required. Dr. Baroudi will let you know if this will be part of the overall treatment plan.

Reach out to our practice today if you have any further questions about crown lengthening and what the procedure entails.