Dental Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening (AKA: "crown-elongation" or "crown-extension") is a surgical procedure that is done when the tooth is too short to provide adequate retention for a restoration (usually a crown).
When a tooth has a deep cavity, a crown and buildup are usually needed to restore the tooth. If the cavity extends too far below the gums, it becomes impossible to predictably make a crown that will last for any length of time. Performing crown lengthening where indicated improves the prognosis for the tooth.
Crown lengthening nearly always involves removing and recontouring some of the bone around the tooth. This results in more tooth structure above the gums and smooth flowing gum contours. Not every tooth that needs a crown also needs crown lengthening surgery, it is only necessary when a deep cavity or crack is present. At Crestview Dental Group in Santa Clara CA, we can help you decide whether the crown lengthening procedure is right for you.
Reasons for Crown Lengthening
What Does Crown Lengthening Involve?
First, we will have schedule an appointment with you at our Santa Clara office and begin by thoroughly numbing the tooth or teeth needing crown lengthening. During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. After the procedure your dentist can now prepare the tooth for a functional, long lasting crown. As always, proper brushing and flossing is key to insuring the maximum life of your new crown.
Questions About Crown Lengthening?
Would you like to know more about the crown lengthening procedure? Give us a call today at (408) 669-5400 to find out more or schedule your appointment. We are looking forward to seeing you at our Santa Clara, CA dental office!
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