Crown Lengthening Overview
Board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe performs crown lengthening procedures to enhance the appearance and condition of your smile. Another way to think of the procedure is crown exposure because some of the gum tissue is cut away to show more of the enamel of your natural teeth, adding length to what is visible beyond the gums. You may consider crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons if you'd like to make improvements to a "gummy" smile, but crown lengthening can also be done if you lack the enamel to hold a crown, filling, or another restoration. To get more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills, MI.
Best Candidates for Crown Lengthening
If you are considering a crown lengthening procedure, then you should be in good overall health, particularly with regard to the gums. Problems, such as gum (periodontal) disease, might have to be addressed before crown lengthening can be done. Most frequently, crown lengthening is done for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In such circumstances, excessive gum tissue could be eliminated to balance the proportion of tooth-to-gums and provide you with a raised, even gumline. In some cases, crown lengthening may also be required to complete a dental restoration. Dr. Wolfe may want to uncover more of your tooth for the purpose of placing a bridge, crown, or filling on or over the teeth.
What To Expect with Crown Lengthening
To begin the procedure, local anesthesia is applied to the treated regions to minimize your discomfort. You can discuss other sedation options with Dr. Wolfe in your initial consultation to help you stay comfortable and calm throughout the procedure. Once you are ready, the gum tissue is removed in small slivers to slowly show more of your enamel, and then your gumline will be sculpted for a lifted and even appearance. Once Dr. Wolfe has finished the process, he will close the gums and rinse your mouth.
Crown Lengthening Recovery
Following your treatment, your gums may be sore and inflamed. Over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses may be utilized to lessen your discomfort, but Dr. Wolfe can write a prescription for antibiotics and/or pain medication as well. It may be beneficial to adhere to a soft food or liquid diet for several days while your mouth heals. You should keep your mouth clean at home with soft brushing and mouthwash but avoid dental floss. In some cases, you might need to make another appointment at Signature Dentistry of Rochester to track your recovery. Dr. Wolfe will also assess your gums at your yearly dental examination.
Crown Lengthening Insurance Coverage
The cost for crown lengthening will differ, depending on the necessity of the procedure. Dental insurance companies might cover a part of the expense in certain scenarios, but they may not if the procedure was performed cosmetically. In any case, our financial staff will get in touch with your insurer to ascertain what your personal expenses will be prior to discussing your options for payment. If you do not have insurance, Dr. Wolfe can help estimate your expenses during your consultation and also provide you with information about low-interest financing, which can help to make your treatment easier to afford.
If you want to get more information about crown lengthening treatments, contact our office at Signature Dentistry of Rochester. By eliminating gum tissue, it's possible to enhance the overall look of a "gummy" smile or prep your mouth for dental restoration. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wolfe to determine if you're a candidate for restorative or cosmetic crown lengthening treatments at Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills, MI.