Crowns are like caps that we place over teeth either for cosmetic purposes or structural ones. A cracked or broken tooth can be supplemented by a crown here at Designer Smiles FL in Coral Springs, FL. In these cases, the crown has two purposes. The first is to prevent the crack from growing, and the second is to hide it and keep the tooth looking healthy.
Crown lengthening or crown exposure is a procedure we can perform here at Designer Smiles FL that’s related to crowns. The goal is to re-contour gum tissue, and even bone, to expose more of a tooth.
When a tooth is mostly covered by gum tissue and not enough of it is exposed, we might not be able to firmly place a crown. To give the crown more room for attachment, we’ll need to perform this kind of procedure to expose the tooth.
Crown exposure can also be done for cosmetic purposes. People who have gum tissue covering up most of their teeth can complain of a “gummy smile.” Recontouring the gums allows us to pull them back a little to expose more of the tooth’s surface, leading to a more natural smile.
Before we do the lengthening or exposure, we’ll first assess your dental cavity. We’ll also need some x-rays of your teeth and oral cavity. Once all of these are reviewed, we can proceed to the procedure. It’s an outpatient procedure, so you’ll go home when we’re done. How long it takes will depend on how many teeth we’re working on.
You’ll be able to resume your daily activities within a couple of days. For the first 24 hours, we recommend using an ice pack on and off to minimize swelling. Hot foods should be avoided. Generally, try to avoid chewing on the same side of the procedure and brush the biting surfaces where the dressing has been applied gently. We recommend avoiding smoking and alcohol as much as possible.
We’ll schedule a follow-up visit a few days later to see how you’re healing. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to express them with us.