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San Francisco, CA area patients ask, what is crown lengthening?

While most individuals in the San Francisco, CA area have heard of the term “dental crown” before when it comes to dental restorations, they may not have heard about crown lengthening.

What is crown lengthening? This procedure requires a dentist to remove gum tissue or bone in order to expose more of the tooth structure. This may be done if there is a tooth that is broken at the gum line or if severe decay has occurred. There may not be enough of the structure to support the placement of a dental crown or large filling, and crown lengthening can help in preparing the tooth for the placement of a restoration. In other situations, crown lengthening may be done as a cosmetic treatment. Gum tissue may be removed if there is an issue of a “gummy smile” in order to lengthen the teeth and reduce the unwanted appearance of the gum tissue.

Patients must understand that crown lengthening is an oral surgery that may result in some discomfort. However, during the procedure, Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta at the Center for Implant Dentistry will provide local anesthetics as well as sedation to ensure optimum comfort throughout the treatment. Additionally, we can prescribe pain medication for after the surgery to ensure continued comfort. After crown lengthening surgery, patients will be required to use a special mouthwash and will be given specific after-care instructions to make sure the area heals properly. A week after the procedure, patients may need to go into their dental office for the removal of stitches and to start the process of fitting and fabricating a dental crown for placement.

This oral surgery is frequently performed for patients at the Center for Implant Dentistry. Drs. Sambhav Jain, Arpana Gupta, and Shivani Gupta are here to assist patients who may need this procedure in order to repair their smiles, or for patients who are worried about the negative effect of a gummy smile. Our team has the experience necessary to provide quality care and treatment in our state-of-the-art facility using some of the latest technologies for diagnostics and procedures.

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