May 31, 2017
It takes more than just having healthy, white teeth for a beautiful smile. If there is too much gum tissue covering up your teeth, you know just what we mean when we say “gummy smile.” We know that excess gum tissue can affect the way you feel about the way you look — but there is a beautiful solution to be had with cosmetic periodontics in Florham Park. Dr. James Rynar and his team perform crown lengthening procedures at Metropolitan Periodontics and Implantology. Keep reading to learn more, then schedule an appointment today!
What Is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a common periodontal procedure in which your dentist removes excess gum tissue that is covering up tooth enamel. It may be used for cosmetic purposes, or to fix a broken or decayed tooth with a dental crown.
Who Needs Crown Lengthening?
Many people choose crown lengthening for its cosmetic benefits, as it is a highly effective solution for people with gummy smiles. If you can see more gum tissue that white tooth when you smile, you are probably an excellent candidate for the procedure. You do have beautiful white teeth — they just need to be uncovered!
Additionally, people who need a dental crown but who do not have enough tooth coming out of the gum line may need crown lengthening to restore their smile health.
What’s the Procedure for Crown Lengthening?
To perform a crown lengthening procedure, Dr. Rynar’s staff will first administer local anesthesia at the treatment site. Light sedation is also available for calming jittery nerves. Each treatment plan depends on how many teeth are being treated and the goals of the procedure, but your periodontist will begin by cutting away some of the excess tissue to reveal more of the tooth beneath. If the goal is to place a crown or filling after the procedure, Dr. Rynar may need to remove some bone from around the tooth, too.
Once enough gum tissue and any excess bone has been removed, your dentist will rinse the area with an antiseptic to prevent infection, and then stitch up the gums. Healing begins — and you are one big step closer to a more beautiful smile!
What’s the Recovery Like?
After the crown lengthening procedure is complete, we will send you home with specific post operative instructions to help you heal as quickly and comfortably as possible. Take any medication we have prescribed, like antibiotics or pain killers, as directed. Reduce swelling by applying an ice pack to the area during the first 36 hours following surgery. Attend your follow-up appointment as scheduled, but notify our office as soon as possible if your symptoms (swelling, bleeding, discomfort) worsen or do not improve after several days.
Request an Appointment Today
If you are tired of showing more gums than teeth when you smile, it’s time to talk to your dentist about crown lengthening in Florham Park. Learn more from Dr. Rynar by scheduling an appointment at Metropolitan Periodontics and Implantology today!
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