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Dental Crown Lengthening

Crown Lengthening Procedures in Blackfalds and Rimbey

Are you looking for more information about dental crown lengthening? When it comes to your oral health, you want to educate yourself as much as possible about a dental operation. That’s why we’ve outlined what a crown lengthening procedure is, why it’s necessary and how to prepare and recover from this standard outpatient surgery.

Dental Crown Lengthening in the Red Deer Area

During a crown lengthening procedure, the dentist recontours gum tissue, bone or both to expose more of a tooth’s surface. This process makes room for the dentist to place a crown over a broken or cracked tooth. Crown lengthening helps improve your smile, correct damaged teeth and prevent periodontal disease. The entire dental crown lengthening procedure usually takes an hour or less.

When Is Crown Lengthening Necessary?

If you suffer from tooth damage, your dentist may recommend dental crown lengthening. If left untreated, tooth decay, cavities, cracked teeth and periodontal disease can cause long-term tooth loss. Dental crowns help fix tooth damage caused by periodontal disease and other oral health conditions.

Crown lengthening can be necessary if the tooth area is not large enough to hold the dental crown in place. A crown must be firmly affixed to the tooth for better comfort and oral hygiene. Dental crown lengthening helps expose more of the tooth above the gum’s surface.

Whether you need a root canal or want to alter a “gummy smile,” a crown lengthening procedure removes gum tissue and helps prevent gum disease.

Our Dental Crown Lengthening Procedure

An Alpen Dental crown lengthening operation takes place at either our Blackfalds or Rimbey location. After applying a local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort, the dentist makes incisions and pulls the gum tissue away from the affected teeth. This process exposes the root and surrounding bone area necessary for crown attachment. The dentist may remove a small amount of gum tissue or remove some bone around the root as well.

Once enough of the tooth’s surface is exposed, the dentist cleans the area, stitches the gums together and may bandage the area.

Dental Crown Lengthening Preparation and Recovery

Before the crown lengthening procedure, you will have a consultation with your dentist to discuss your medical history. The dentist will also X-ray the affected area. Depending on the severity of tooth decay, the dentist may affix a temporary crown onto the tooth and recommend a professional tooth cleaning.

After surgery, your dentist will prescribe a mouth rinse and pain medication. The typical recovery time is three months before the dentist can affix the final dental crown. Rest assured — you can resume your normal routine as the gums heal. You’ll return to the dentist after seven to 10 days for stitch removal and have follow-up appointments during the next month or so.

Most patients experience sensitivity, bleeding and tenderness, which are typical after a crown lengthening procedure. To help your gums heal properly, we recommend the following guidelines:

  • Eat soft, room temperature foods for the first few days or week
  • Reduce swelling with an ice pack
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking
  • Be careful when brushing your teeth and use a water pick to clear out food particles
  • Leave any dressings on for one to two weeks

Trust Alpen Dental for Comprehensive Dental Services in Blackfalds and Rimbey

Alpen Dental helps our patients in the Red Deer area achieve and maintain optimum health. Our dentists are trained and experienced in all aspects of dental care. Contact Alpen Dental for more information, or schedule a crown lengthening consultation at our Blackfalds location or our Rimbey office.