In cases where there isn’t enough surface of the tooth visible, our highly trained and skilful team here at East Village Dental can perform crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening is used to extend the surface of the tooth.
Crown lengthening can be necessary in order to safely apply another restoration or treatment such as a crown, bridge, or implant. Crown lengthening can also be used to address what is sometimes referred to as a ‘gummy’ smile. This is when there is more of the gum on display than normal.
Although this treatment can usually be carried out during just one appointment, it is one that requires great skill from our dental team here at East Village Dental. A local anaesthetic will be administered, so you don’t feel anything while it’s happening and then the gum will be shaped and contoured. This is usually done using a laser and will result with more of the natural surface of the tooth being visible. In some situations, part of the bone may also need to be shaved.
Your dental team will of course go through all your after-care needs both before you have your treatment, and after. It’s worth noting that it can take up to two days for the area to fully heal, and we recommend avoiding hot food and drinks, as well as chewy and spicy food for 72 hours.
You should also avoid flossing for the same period of time. You might experience some pain in the area once the anaesthetic has worn off. This is to be expected and can be treated with an over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen or paracetamol.
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