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Crown lengthening, also known as crown exposure, is a very easy, straight forward procedure. It is important to get crown lengthening when a tooth needs a new crown or other type of restoration because the edge of the area being restored can be too deep to reach. Sometimes the restoration area is so deep below the gum and so close to or below the bone, that the crown needs to be lengthened in order to reach it.
That’s when your regular dentist, the one restoring your crown, refers you for crown lengthening to a periodontist.
WHY IS CROWN LENGTHENING SO IMPORTANT?
If a tooth is being restored, it’s important to get access to the area to ensure the best fit possible for the tooth and to give you the ability to brush and floss that area that’s been restored. It’s vital you’re able to take care of this area on your own in order to prevent potential future decay and/or gum disease.
WHAT’S INVOLVED IN THE
CROWN LENGTHENING PROCEDURE?
Crown lengthening is a very simple procedure. Gum tissue and bone around the tooth are adjusted in order to gain access to the area that needs a restoration. Essentially, we lower the gum and expose more tooth structure to get visibility needed for the crown.
IS THIS A LONG PROCEDURE?
Crown lengthening is a very short, simple process. It only takes about an hour.
IS THERE ANY FOLLOW UP NEEDED AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
Healing from crown lengthening only takes two to three days. To make sure everything has healed properly, we will book a follow up appointment for one to two weeks after the crown lengthening procedure has been completed.
Then, about three to four weeks after the initial procedure, patients can go back to their general dentist for the permanent crown.
TO BOOK YOUR CONSULTATION AND LEARN MORE
Here at Poway Perio, under the experience of Dr. Alireza Khansari MSD, we are happy to help you fight periodontal disease and get your teeth and gums back to good health. If you have more questions or would like to book a consultation, we’re happy to discuss your individual situation. Just give us a call at 858.679.0142.