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Crown Lengthening

Crown Lengthening in Buffalo, New York is a procedure that is performed hen decay occurs below the gum line, and it becomes necessary to remove a small amount of bone and gum tissue in order to fully restore the tooth.

This can happen when a tooth breaks off at the gum line, or a crown or filling falls out of a tooth that has extensive decay underneath. If the tooth can be repaired using a crown or a large filling, more of the tooth may need to be exposed by removing some soft tissue or bone.

Crown Lengthening Procedure

After administering a local anesthetic, an incision will be made to "flap" the gums away from the teeth, providing access to the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone. In some cases, by simply removing a little gum tissue when the incisions are made, enough tooth structure will be exposed to properly place a crown of filling. However, in most situations the periodontist will also have to remove some bone from around the roots of the teeth.

Once enough of the tooth structure is exposed, the surgical area will be washed with sterile salt water and the flaps will be stitched together. At this point, the treated teeth will look longer because the gums are now sitting at a lower level then before the treatment began.  At this time, any temporary crowns will be removed before the procedure begins and will be replaced afterward.

The next step in the crown lengthening procedure in Buffalo for an incision to be made in order to remove the soft tissue and to provide access to the tooth roots and the underlying bone. This bone removal allows more of the tooth structure to be exposed. After the soft tissue and bone have been removed, the incisions are then sutured. This will cause more of the tooth or teeth to be exposed.

Once the crown lengthening procedure is complete, patients be given prescriptions for pain medication and a chlorhexidine mouth rinse. Oral-hygiene instructions will be reviews, and following a somewhat soft diet will be recommended. The teeth in the area that was worked on can be brushed, but you should avoid the gums until they fully heal. Food particles around the affected teeth can be removed with a toothpick or a water irrigator.

Crown Lengthening procedures in Buffalo are done for both restorative dentistry and/or to improve the esthetics of your gum line. General practitioners often refer for crown lengthening procedures prior to restoration of broken or severely decayed teeth. This procedure adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.

Sometimes crown lengthening is done to improve a "gummy" smile because the teeth appear short. The teeth may actually be the proper length but excess gum tissue may be covering these teeth. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth.

For more information on crown lengthening in Buffalo, NY, visit Doctors Ben and Julia Oppenheimer today.