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Small Teeth? Crown Lengthening Will Make You Smile More

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Ankur Johri
Small Teeth? Crown Lengthening Will Make You Smile MoreAlthough it may seem unfamiliar to many, crown lengthening is actually a pretty common procedure. Our team may advise that you come on for this procedure if they note that you do not have adequate tooth surface for them to fit a crown or bridge without any complications.

The actual crown lengthening procedure involves the removal of gum tissue, bone, or in some instances both of them. This is done with the aim of exposing the teeth more and can be done for aesthetic reasons.

The American Academy of Periodontology(AAP) cites a 'gummy smile' as being the most widespread reason why people get a crown lengthening procedure. You may hear this term being used to reference shorter teeth. In actual fact, the 'short' teeth are not actually short and the problem may in fact be overdeveloped gum tissue. If you want to improve your smile, then you should definitely consider this procedure.

How do I get ready?

A periodontist will go through your medical history as an X-RAY extermination to determine the date for your procedure. You may also have to undergo a routine cleaning before the procedure as this will lower your risk of developing an infection. A temporary crown may be put in place ahead of your procedure to protect the teeth. Another great way to prepare ahead of the procedure is to consider the cost, which will vary based on many factors such as if you have dental insurance or the number of teeth that will have to undergo the procedure.

What are the treatment outcomes of such a procedure

The time the procedure will take will largely depend on the number of teeth that need to undergo this treatment. It can also depend on the amount of bone or soft tissue that will need to be removed. You can expect to improve your smile after this procedure regardless of whether you had it done for cosmetic reasons or restorative reasons. We believe that everyone deserves a vibrant smile, contact us today if you consider crown lengthening as a cosmetic or restorative option.
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