At Frank C Raymer DDS, we specialize in crown lengthening procedures designed to enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your smile. Our team, led by Dr. Raymer, utilizes advanced techniques and technology to ensure the highest standards of care and results for our patients in Irvine.

What is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a periodontal procedure that involves reshaping the gum tissue and, if necessary, the underlying bone around one or more teeth. This procedure is often required when a tooth needs a new crown or other restoration, but there is insufficient tooth structure above the gum line to support it.

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Reasons for Crown Lengthening

  • Restorative: To ensure that a dental crown fits properly, especially if the tooth is broken or decay extends below the gum line.
  • Cosmetic: To correct a “gummy” smile by exposing more of the natural tooth, enhancing the overall appearance of the smile.

The Crown Lengthening Procedure

1. Consultation and Planning: Dr. Raymer will conduct a thorough examination using digital imaging to determine the extent of the treatment needed.
2. Local Anesthesia: To ensure your comfort, the area will be numbed with local anesthesia.
3. Gum Reshaping: Excess gum and bone tissue will be carefully removed to expose more of the tooth’s surface.
4. Recovery and Healing: The gums will be sutured, and a protective bandage may be placed. Post-procedure instructions will be provided to ensure a smooth recovery.

Benefits of Crown Lengthening

  • Improved Dental Restoration Fit: Provides a solid foundation for new crowns and other restorations, which enhances their durability and effectiveness.Enhanced Oral Health: Reduces gum pockets where bacteria can accumulate, lowering the risk of periodontal issues.
  • Boosted Confidence: Improves the aesthetics of your smile by balancing the proportions of teeth and gums.

Post-Procedure Care

Following your crown lengthening procedure, it’s essential to:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene with gentle brushing and rinsing with salt water or a prescribed mouthwash.
  • Avoid chewing hard foods in the treated area.
  • Follow up with Dr. Raymer for monitoring and to ensure proper healing.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re considering crown lengthening, whether for restorative or cosmetic reasons, contact Frank C Raymer DDS today. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how this procedure can benefit your dental health and aesthetics. Call us at (949) 551-2606 to take the first step towards a healthier, more beautiful smile.

Frequently Asked Questions about Crown Lengthening

What is crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure performed by a dentist or periodontist to expose more of the tooth structure. It involves reshaping or removing gum tissue, and sometimes bone, around the tooth. This procedure is often necessary when a tooth needs to be restored, but there isn’t enough tooth above the gum line to support a crown or filling.

Why might I need crown lengthening?

You may need crown lengthening for several reasons, including:

  • To fix a tooth that is broken below the gum line.
  • To expose more of the tooth for a new crown or bridge.
  • To improve the aesthetics of your smile if you have a “gummy” smile, where your teeth appear short because of excessive gum tissue.

What does the crown lengthening procedure involve?

The procedure generally involves:
1. Local Anesthesia: To numb the area.
2. Incision: Making small cuts in the gum to pull the gums away from the teeth.
3. Reshaping: Removing or reshaping the underlying bone if necessary.
4. Stitches: The gums are then stitched back into place.

How long does it take to recover from crown lengthening?

Recovery typically takes about three weeks. During this time, you may experience some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with pain relievers and cold compresses. You will need to follow specific oral hygiene instructions to ensure proper healing.

Is crown lengthening painful?

The procedure itself is not painful because it is performed under local anesthesia. After the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some discomfort and swelling, but this can be managed with prescribed medications.

Are there any risks associated with crown lengthening?

As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved, including infection, bleeding, or swelling. However, these risks are minimal and can be effectively managed with proper care and follow-up visits.

How do I care for my teeth after crown lengthening?

Post-procedure care is crucial for healing and includes:

  • Keeping the area clean by gentle brushing and using any prescribed mouthwashes.
  • Avoiding hard or chewy foods that could irritate the area.
  • Attending follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and recovery.

Will I need another procedure after crown lengthening?

Typically, crown lengthening is done to prepare a tooth for a subsequent procedure, such as the placement of a crown. Once healing is complete, your dentist will proceed with the next steps in your treatment plan.