Esthetic Crown Lengthening in Springfield
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Dentists commonly use crowns, veneers, and other restorations to improve the appearance of teeth. However, some people may have short teeth which can affect the esthetics of their smile.
Dr. J. David Cross offers Springfield patients crown lengthening procedures as a solution to this challenge. In the procedure, Dr. Cross can gently and precisely reposition the gum tissue using microsurgical techniques. This allows the restorative dentist to create new teeth that look natural and are esthetically pleasing.
An Overview of Crown Lengthening
Teeth may appear short for several reasons:
- Sometimes the gum tissue and supporting bone do not recede to the ideal position as we age. As a result, the tooth structure may be covered beneath this tissue and bone.
- Worn-down teeth. Behaviors such as teeth grinding can reduced the size of the teeth and give them an irregular appearance.
- Broken-off teeth. Trauma including chipped, fractured and/or broken teeth may need precise and meticulously planned treatment for proper natural and esthetic therapy.
Crown lengthening is a procedure that helps Springfield patients address these concerns. Dr. Cross can fix development-related problems by revealing more of the structure of the teeth beneath the gums. For worn-down and broken-off teeth, he can reposition the gum tissue in a way that allows a dentist to access the site and place restorations.
Your Crown Lengthening Consultation
Typically, Springfield patients come to Dr. Cross for crown lengthening after reviewing treatment options with their general or restorative dentist. Close collaboration between Dr. Cross and the dentist helps ensure that patients get the results they want.
Dr. Cross will conduct a comprehensive examination of your gums and teeth to identify the reasons that your teeth appear short. He will evaluate:
- The position of your gums in your smile.
- The size, shape, and length of your teeth.
- The relation of your mouth’s midline to your face.
- The angle of your teeth.
By reviewing these features, Dr. Cross will be able to create a more natural and esthetically pleasing smile. He may also take X-rays to see the underlying structure of the teeth. This information will help him plan your treatment for the long term health of your smile.
What to Expect with Crown Lengthening
Before your procedure, Dr. Cross will take the time to review the crown lengthening process and to answer any questions you may have. While you should feel completely comfortable throughout your procedure, don’t hesitate to let him know if you need a break. Effective communication and gentle care are hallmarks of Dr. Cross’ work.
During crown lengthening:
- Dr. Cross will apply a topical anesthetic jelly to your gingival or gum tissue. By the time you receive your local anesthetic, you shouldn’t feel anything but slight pressure.
- Once you’ve confirmed that you are fully numb and comfortable, Dr. Cross will identify the ideal position of the gum tissue and reposition the gums accordingly. His use of a surgical microscope allows him to make crown lengthening a more precise and less invasive treatment.
- Dr. Cross may place extremely small, resorbable sutures to conclude the procedure.
While most patients report that the experience is very positive and low-impact, you should plan to restrict your activity for a day or two and to stick to a softer diet for up to one week. Most patients take a mild medication for any tenderness they may feel after the anesthetic wears off.
If your teeth were short because of developmental issues, you may not require any further treatment. If your teeth were short because they had broken or because of wear-and-tear, you can arrange a follow-up visit with your restorative dentist after crown lengthening. He or she should be able to place crowns, veneers, or other restorations to give your teeth a natural and attractive appearance.
If your teeth appear shorter than you would like or are broken and/or fractured, crown lengthening may be the right solution. Schedule an appointment at Dr. Cross’ Springfield office online or by phone at 217-793-0196.