Dental crowns are one of the most versatile treatments in dentistry. Crowns can be used for restorative and/or cosmetic purposes in dental patients, from replacement teeth in dental implants to repairing a broken tooth. In general, crowns are designed to cover an existing, natural tooth as part of an aesthetic or structural procedure. Therefore, our dentists near you must work with a sufficient amount of original tooth material in order to effectively place a crown.
If this isn’t possible, crown lengthening in Carlsbad, CA, can be a solution. If you need a crown for a tooth that has inadequate surface material, Invictus Modern Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics can help with crown lengthening near you.
Crown lengthening is a common outpatient dental procedure. Our dentists in Carlsbad, CA, will expose the additional surface area of a tooth for crown placement by recontouring a patient’s gum tissue and occasionally the bone. By reducing the gum tissue and perhaps exposing bone when necessary, more of the affected tooth’s surface is available to properly fit a dental crown.
During the procedure, patients receive local anesthesia and sedation if necessary. Patients may experience some pain, bleeding, and tooth sensitivity after the procedure. These conditions subside, especially if patients follow after-care instructions for healing. In addition, it’s possible that the affected tooth may look a bit longer or feel slightly loose. However, this will be corrected with the placement of the dental crown.
After crown lengthening, it takes a while for your gums to heal. For the first couple of days, it’s recommended that patients avoid any demanding physical activity. Pain medication should be taken as directed, and an ice pack can be used to treat swelling. To let the site heal, it’s important to avoid vigorous tooth brushing, eating anything that is hard or acidic, and probing the surgical site. Patients should refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking after this procedure.
If you have a tooth that is broken or decayed too much to properly fit a dental crown, there is a solution. For more information about crown lengthening, contact our team at Invictus Modern Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics.