San Jose implant and gum surgery by Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. offers crown lengthening — done when a tooth needs to be fixed. Sometimes, not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum to support a filling or crown.
This can happen when a tooth breaks off at the gum line. It also can happen when a crown or filling falls out of a tooth and there is decay underneath. To place a filling or crown, your dentist needs to expose more of the tooth. This is done by removing some gum tissue or bone. Some people have a lot of gum tissue around their upper teeth. Dentists call this “gummy smile.” This also can be treated with crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening offered by San Jose implant and gum surgery by Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. is done using local anesthesia. How long it takes will depend on the number of teeth that need treatment. Even if only one tooth is involved, crown lengthening typically includes neighboring teeth, too. That allows the tissues to be reshaped gradually. If both bone and soft tissue are removed, the procedure will take longer than if only soft tissue is removed.
The periodontist will make cuts that will pull the gums away from the teeth. This will expose the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone. In some cases, simply removing a little gum tissue will expose enough tooth for your dentist to place a crown or filling. However, in most cases, the periodontist will need to remove some bone from around the roots of the teeth. Once the periodontist has exposed enough tooth, the surgical area will be washed with sterile saltwater and the gums will be stitched together. Some dentists put a bandage over the stitches.
If you have temporary crowns on any of the involved teeth, the crowns may be removed before the procedure begins. The periodontists at San Jose implant and gum surgery by Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers – Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. will put them back afterward.
You will be given prescriptions for a pain reliever and a mouth rinse. Your dentist will ask you to follow a somewhat soft diet. You can brush the teeth near the stitches but avoid the gums. Remove food particles with a toothpick or a water irrigator.
Acknowledgment: Information above is courtesy of the American Academy of Periodontology.