Crown lengthening (or crown exposure) is required when your tooth needs a new crown or other dental restoration. The edge of that restoration is deep below the gum tissue and not accessible. It is also usually too close to the bone or below the bone.
The crown lengthening procedure involves adjusting the level of the gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question, to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship. This allows us to reach the edge of the restoration, ensuring a proper fit to the tooth.
It should also provide enough tooth structure, so the new restoration will not come loose in the future. This allows you to clean the edge of the restoration when you brush and floss to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The procedure takes approximately one hour.
When the procedure is completed, sutures and a protective bandage are placed to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. You will need to be seen by Dr. Childers in one or two weeks to remove the sutures and evaluate your healing.
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