Do your teeth look too short when you smile? You might have a gummy smile. Gummy smiles are common, and while they are not necessarily a dental health problem, they can be a cosmetic issue. The excess gum tissue can make your teeth look abnormally short or uneven in size. Dr. Lozada, Lancaster crown lengthening dentist, can help.
A crown lengthening is a procedure designed to lengthen the visible crown of the tooth by removing the excess gum tissue. It is particularly beneficial for those with gummy smiles, but it can also be used for restorative purposes. Dr. Lozada, expert in crown lengthening in Lancaster, can use a crown lengthening to expose more of a tooth’s crown when the tooth has broken near the gum line, has developed decay, or other problems in the area.
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During a crown lengthening, Dr. Lozada, Lancaster crown lengthening dentist, will use a local anesthetic to numb the gum tissue around the affected tooth or teeth. The tissues will be carefully separated from the tooth, trimmed, and contoured to create a more visually pleasing, balanced appearance. In some cases, some of the bone around the tooth might also need to be trimmed and contoured. Results will be immediately visible. Stitches or sutures may be placed along with bandaging materials depending on your needs and the extent of the procedure. A crown lengthening can be performed on one tooth or on several to create a uniform appearance and more attractive gum line.
Dr. Lozada, expert in crown lengthening in Lancaster, will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions. You might need to eat a soft diet for a few days after the procedure. You might also be given a special mouthwash. Brush your teeth gently, and be careful to avoid the healing gum line, which can be damaged by aggressive cleaning. Return for a checkup as needed. If you are having a restoration placed, this may occur at a later date once the gum tissues have healed.
Call us today to find out more or to schedule your crown lengthening consultation with Dr. Lozada, dentist in Lancaster.