What is Crown Lengthening and why do you need it?
What is crown lengthening?
First off, let’s know what a crown is. A crown is a cap that is fitted over a natural tooth for cosmetic or structural reasons. A crown is used to cover broken, cracked, chipped, or misshapen tooth or it can also be used to complete another dental procedure like dental implants, root canal, and dental bridges. It is very important that the crown should fit properly over the tooth.
Crown lengthening is performed when the teeth are broken or cracked and are unable to hold on the crown. The dentist then re-contours the gum tissue and sometimes the bone so the tooth surface is exposed more for the crown. In other words, crown lengthening becomes necessary when the tooth isn’t exposed enough to hold the crown on its own.
A properly fitted crown is vital for better oral hygiene and structure of the mouth.
Why do you need it?
While crown lengthening may not be as widely known as other dental procedures, there are several important reasons why one might need it.
Crown lengthening is an outpatient procedure which means you will be free to go home after the procedure is done. First, your dentist will give you local anesthesia or maybe a sedative before the procedure if you are anxious.
During the procedure, the doctor will remove your gum tissue or even bone, if required. Later, the area is washed with salt water before suturing the gums back together. Sometimes; the periodontist may also use a bandage on top of the surgical area for added protection.
Once the anesthesia wears out, you might experience pain so the dentist may prescribe painkiller and medicated mouth rinsers to help relieve the pain.
You need to steer clear of physically demanding activities for the first two to three days because strenuous jobs could slow down the healing procedure and cause bleeding. Also, do not forget to take the medications prescribed by your dentist.
Other than that, avoid hot or cold food or beverages for the first 24 hours and leave the dressing for 7-14 days. Also, you need to be careful while brushing your teeth but maintaining good oral hygiene is vital. Lastly, avoid alcohol and tobacco for the first 10 days.
Your first appointment with your dentist should give you an idea about the cost. Typically, it costs somewhere around $50 to $500 for one tooth and from $1000 to $3000 for any entire gum line. Your and your dentist’s geographic location also plays a part in determining the charges.