One procedure that is not very well known by many of our patients is something called “crown lengthening.” San Diego patients that suffer from several common tooth and gum ailments are often the perfect candidates for crown lengthening. In this blog post, we’re going to look at what the procedure entails. But more importantly, we’ll also examine 3 of the most common reasons why our patients require crown lengthening. If you have any questions or if you are suffering from any of the issues below, make sure that you get in touch with us today at (858) 635-6700. Also, we have a terrific gallery of Before-and-After pictures that you can browse through to get a better idea of the world-class results that our patients enjoy.
What Is Crown Lengthening
San Diego patients that are in need of a crown, have deep cavities, or may have had some kind of trauma to their teeth are often candidates for crown lengthening. Here’s how it works.
The basic idea of crown lengthening is very simple: Dr. Beck removes part of the gum to expose more of the tooth below. She does this using a series of small incisions around the tooth to remove excess gum tissue. Oftentimes minor reshaping of the bone beneath the gum is also required to allow the gum tissue to stay permanently in the new position. Crown lengthening can be done on one tooth, or multiple teeth. Although the procedure can usually be completed in just 60-90 minutes, Dr. Beck also offers a wide range of sedation options from local anesthetic (numbing) to full sedation, depending on the desires of the patient. Now let’s look at 3 reasons why a patient might need crown lengthening. San Diego patient often ask us why this treatment is performed and we’re excited to get this information out to you.
3 Reasons Why Patients Get Crown Lengthening
While crown lengthening might seem like a simple procedure, there are several very important reasons why our patients need it.
- Repair teeth – Whether it’s from gum disease or trauma (like a bad fall), if your teeth are damaged below the gum line, Dr. Beck will perform a crown lengthening to expose the damaged tooth to not only repair the damage, but to also attach a crown on top.
- Gummy smiles – Some patients have what is commonly referred to as a “gummy smile.” This is when the gums cover too much of the teeth and can make the teeth look small. With crown lengthening, San Diego patients can get a much bigger, brighter, and more confident smile.
- Actual crowns – Some patients may not have enough “tooth” on top of the gum to allow for proper fitting of a crown. If a crown is placed in these conditions, it can damage the gums or cause chronic inflammation and discomfort. Crown lengthening will ensure that the new crown will fit the tooth completely and comfortably.
Why Our Patients Love and Trust Dr. Beck
First of all, you can hear all the wonderful things that our patients have to say about Dr. Beck and our team over on our Reviews page. We have over 100 reviews from our patients to help you understand the excellent quality of care we deliver every single day. But on top of that, Dr. Beck is also one of the most respected and admired periodontists in the country. Not only has her research been published in some of the most elite medical journals, but she is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Periodontology; the highest academic achievement in the field of periodontists. She has also been acknowledged by her peers for her excellence in providing the highest quality of care for her patients as well as her high ethical standards.
If you’re looking for a world-class doctor for your crown lengthening procedure, San Diego patients should make sure to contact us today at (858) 635-6700.