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Crown Lengthening NYC – Sohosmile

Crown Lengthening NYC

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john koutsoyiannis, dds

Gummy Smile Correction

Crown lengthening in NYC is performed when not enough tooth structure is visible of a specific tooth. Crown lengthening treatment may be used for correcting a gummy smile or uneven gumline, as well as creating access in order to treat a cavity below the gumline. Crown lengthening surgery can be performed on just 1 tooth, a few teeth, or the whole smile depending on your particular needs. A periodontist can fully customize your crown lengthening treatment to best meet your specific goals.

WHAT IS CROWN LENGTHENING?

Crown lengthening is a periodontal procedure that can expose hidden portions of the tooth. One of the most common reasons for crown lengthening is to treat a cavity that is hidden beneath the gumline. Removing the gum tissue that covers this cavity allows for proper treatment of the cavity. Periodontists also commonly perform crown lengthening for gummy smile correction. A gummy smile happens when too much gum tissue covers your teeth, which makes them look too short or small for your mouth. Crown lengthening can reveal more of a tooth that has broken off near the gumline. Fixing a broken tooth with crown lengthening is typically performed to expose more of the tooth to support a dental crown.

WHEN TO CONSIDER CROWN LENGTHENING IN NYC
CAVITY TREATMENT
Crown Lengthening Can Be Used To Improve Gum Tissue That Is Concealing A Cavity. This Allows Access To The Cavity For An Effective Treatment.
GUMMY SMILE CORRECTION
A Gummy Smile Is When Not Enough Of The Tooth Structure Is Exposed. The Teeth Typically Look Shorter And Smaller Than They Are. Patients May Feel Like When They Smile, Too Much Gum Tissue Is Present. Crown Lengthening Can Expose More Of The Tooth, Achieving A More Balanced And Proportioned Smile.
DENTAL CROWNS
In Cases Where A Tooth Has Broken Near The Gumline, Crown Lengthening May Need To Be Performed To Support A Dental Crown. By Exposing More Of The Tooth Beneath The Gumline, It Allows The Ability To Effectively Place A Dental Crown.

WHO IS AN IDEAL CANDIDATE FOR CROWN LENGTHENING?

Ideal candidates for crown lengthening are those looking to improve the health and appearance of the smile. Also, someone who needs to restore a tooth may benefit from the procedure allowing the restorative dentist access to the affected area. Other than the gums, patients must be in good oral health to be proper candidates for crown lengthening. Either before or after a crown lengthening surgery, repairs may be required if structural damage is present on the teeth.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY CROWN LENGTHENING TREATMENT?

Prior to your crown lengthening surgery, dental x-rays may be taken to check the tooth’s structure beneath the gumline. In some cases, extensive teeth cleaning is needed before crown lengthening can be performed. Typically, only local anesthesia is needed during crown lengthening surgery. To begin a crown lengthening treatment, a local anesthetic will be applied to the gums. Once this has taken effect, the periodontist will begin removing excess gum tissue around the teeth. Crown lengthening surgery is often performed in under 1 hour.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY CROWN LENGTHENING TREATMENT?

Following crown lengthening surgery, it is best to rest for the remainder of the day. Sensitivity and discomfort around the surgical site are normal and typically go away within 2-3 days. Generally, over-the-counter pain medication can help ease post-operative discomfort. Until the gums have healed, you should avoid eating overly hot or cold, spicy, or hard food, as these can irritate the gums and surgical site. Gentle brushing will also be required until the gums have healed. Dr. John Koutsoyiannis also suggests applying ice packs to help ease pain and reduce inflammation. The periodontist will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to follow after undergoing a crown lengthening procedure.

CROWN LENGTHENING

BEFORE & AFTERS

CROWN LENGTHENING & PORCELAIN VENEERS

BENEFITS OF CROWN LENGTHENING
Improves The Appearance Of A Gummy Smile
Allows For Proper Treatment Of A Concealed Cavity
Exposes More Of The Tooth For A Dental Crown
Achieves A Healthy, Natural-Looking Smile
STEPS TO FOLLOW AFTER CROWN LENGTHENING
Take Prescription Over-The-Counter Medication To Ease Pain
Don’t Eat Hot Foods For 24 Hours Following The Procedure
Keep The Dressings In Place For 1-2 Weeks
Eat A Soft Food Diet And Don’t Chew Near The Surgical Site
Brush Gently To Avoid Pain And Aid Healing
Do Not Drink Alcohol Until Your Dentist Gives Your Permission
Use Ice Packs To Help Bring Down Any Swelling

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT CROWN LENGTHENING IN NYC?

Dr. John Koutsoyiannis and the staff at Sohosmile® would be happy to discuss crown lengthening in NYC with you. To learn more, please call our office at 212.334.7330 or request an appointment online.

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