Crown lengthening, contrary to its name, doesn’t actually involve making your teeth longer; it involves removing or re-contouring the gum and bone around the teeth to make your teeth appear longer. You can choose to have crown lengthening performed on one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Reasons for Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening is a versatile treatment that can be used in several situations. Some of the most common reasons why Dr. Douglas Hauck recommends crown lengthening in Newport Beach, California, are:
- To restore damage teeth
- To get rid of a “gummy” smile
- To prevent dental crowns from damaging the gums and soft tissues
Crown Lengthening Procedure
Crown lengthening is often performed while you are under local anesthetic so that you remain completely comfortable and relaxed throughout your visit. The length of time required for the procedure will depend on the number of teeth involved and whether or not any bone needs to be removed. Prior to the treatment, Dr. Douglas Hauck will remove your existing dental crowns, but he will place them back immediately following the procedure.
After making several small incisions in the soft tissue, Dr. Douglas Hauck will begin shaping and re-contouring the gums. Using specialized instruments and his eye for beauty, Dr. Douglas Hauck will create a gum line that is aesthetically pleasing as well as healthy. Once the gum line has been re-contoured, he will thoroughly clean and seal the gum tissues with a periodontal bandage. This bandage is used to prevent infection, and our dentist may recommend or prescribe an antimicrobial mouthwash for additional protection. In most cases, the gums are completely healed in two to three months.
If you are interested in learning how to achieve a less “gummy” smile, we invite you to call or visit Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. today. We’ll be happy to schedule your consultation with and get you started on the path towards optimal oral health and a beautiful smile.