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Crown Lengthening

Helping to Create a Beautiful Smile

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Have you experienced severe decay beneath your gum line? Do you suffer from periodontal disease? Patients who are combatting these issues may think their teeth will never be fixed completely; however, with a safe, beneficial, and effective procedure called crown lengthening, teeth no longer need to remain untreated. At Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology, Dr. Rynar can create the space and structure needed to successfully place custom restorations and provide the protection and strengthening your tooth needs to begin repairing and rebuilding itself.

What is Crown Lengthening?

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Crown lengthening is a procedure that involves adjusting the level of gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question to create a new gum-to-tooth relationship. By exposing more of the natural tooth through reshaping and resculpting the gum line, it allows Dr. Rynar to ensure a proper fit for your custom-made restoration once the procedure is complete. It also provides enough tooth structure, so the new restoration won’t come loose in the future.

The procedure takes approximately one hour. When completed, sutures and a protective bandage are placed to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. After one or two weeks, we can remove the sutures and evaluate your healing.

Who Can It Help?

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Patients who have undergone periodontal therapy or have damaged teeth as a result of decay weakening teeth and causing them to break or become fractured can benefit from this type of treatment. Although it is also used to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile for those who wish to remove unnecessary tissue (“gummy smile”), crown lengthening has tremendous benefits for individuals who seek it for restorative purposes.

In many instances, patients who require dental crowns might require crown lengthening because of its ability to remove tissue and expose more of the natural tooth structure. This helps to better secure the dental crown in place, preventing it from becoming loose or falling off as a result of gum tissue pushing against the base of the crown.

When Is It the Best Option?

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Your dentist might suggest crown lengthening should any of the following problems or scenarios exist:

  • Periodontal disease that results in damaged teeth. If teeth are broken beneath the gum line, this procedure can expose additional tooth structure to allow for a proper restoration to provide necessary protection.
  • Damaging gum tissue as a result of a dental crown. Crown lengthening creates additional space, so a custom-made crown can appropriately and safely sit on top of the natural tooth without harming the gum tissue or jawbone.

It is also possible to save an injured tooth from extraction by performing a crown lengthening procedure, as this will bring the gums lower and allow Dr. Rynar to create a dental crown that will fit properly on top of the natural tooth.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Call Metropolitan Periodontics & Implantology Associates, PA to learn more about crown lengthening, cosmetic periodontics or any of our other services. Dr. Rynar offers crown lengthening and other therapies to New Jersey, New York, and nearby communities.