November 22, 2019
Patients with periodontal disease, who have “gummy” smiles, or who are in need of a dental crown but have insufficient visible tooth structure are ideal candidates for crown lengthening. This safe and successful procedure makes it possible to restore, repair, and make smiles healthier, but in order to reap the results of this invasive procedure, it’s imperative that patients not hurry their recovery process. If you’re preparing for your own surgery, find out what you can do to make the crown lengthening and healing time faster and more effective.
How is Crown Lengthening Performed?
When you arrive for your procedure, your dentist will begin by administering local anesthesia to ensure you are comfortable throughout the surgery. Taking approximately one hour to complete, they will carefully reshape your gum line to fix whatever problem you may have with your smile. If it’s needing a dental crown, this type of cosmetic procedure will expose additional tooth structure to make it possible for a crown to properly fit and fully cover the entire tooth.
Using sutures and a protective bandage, your dentist will place them in a way that provides security to your teeth and gums. After 1-2 weeks, they will remove your sutures and examine how well you are healing.
What Can You Expect from Recovery?
It is normal to experience some discomfort or even pain after this procedure, but with crown lengthening and recovery, you must be diligent in taking care of your surgical sites correctly. In the first 2-3 days, you’ll need to spend most of that time resting and avoiding strenuous activity, as it could cause additional bleeding and delay your overall recovery time.
The total time you can expect to spend recovering is around 3 months, but once your gums heal, you can resume normal daily functions.
Some Useful Tips to Help You Through the Healing Process
If you want to heal faster and get back to “life as usual,” here are some suggested tips to follow:
- Use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling. Follow the 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off method. After a few days, you can begin to use moist heat instead.
- Take any over-the-counter pain medication or prescribed antibiotics as instructed.
- Do not eat hot foods within the first 24 hours after surgery or rinse your mouth, as it can cause you to bleed longer.
- Leave the dressing in your mouth for 7-14 days.
- Adopt a soft food diet but try to avoid coming into contact with your surgical area.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid alcohol, smoking and tobacco use
- Don’t use straws or your fingers to poke or “check” the wounded area.
While it might seem a long time to fully recover from crown lengthening, before you know it, you’ll be staring at a new and improved gum line. Simply follow the steps provided and don’t rush the healing process. Once you see the results, you’ll be glad you took the time to heal in a safe and timely fashion.
About the Author
Dr. James Rynar earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University before completing both his Doctoral and Post-Doctoral training at the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. As a highly-skilled and trained dental professional, Dr. Rynar can give you the smile of your dreams thanks to crown lengthening in Florham Park. Whether you’re in need of an even gum line or periodontal disease has caused your gums to recede, he can safely and effectively treat the problem, giving you an improved appearance and healthier smile. To find out if you are eligible for this type of treatment, visit our website or call (973) 377-3131.
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