St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants
Periodontists located in Covington, LA & Slidell, LA
Crown lengthening can serve several purposes, such as correcting a gummy smile, restoring damaged teeth, or helping a crown fit well. Caesar Sweidan, DDS, Laura Smith, DDS, and the dental team at St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants in Covington and Slidell, Louisiana, provide crown lengthening to refine your gumline and produce successful results. To schedule a consultation, call the location nearest you or request an appointment online.
Crown Lengthening Q & A
What is crown lengthening?
A crown lengthening procedure reduces the amount of gum tissue covering your teeth and shaves bone, if necessary. The procedure can be used for both functional and cosmetic purposes.
Why do I need crown lengthening?
You might need crown lengthening for reasons that include:
Restoring your damaged teeth
Your teeth can become damaged from trauma, decay, and periodontal disease. Crown lengthening can prepare the impaired area for restoration to ultimately correct your damaged teeth.
Cosmetically enhances your appearance
A gummy smile can cause your teeth to look short. Crown lengthening takes off the excess gum that covers your teeth, giving your smile a balanced, aesthetic appearance.
Supports your dental crowns
If you have short teeth, crown lengthening can give your dentist a longer tooth structure to place a crown. Crown lengthening provides enough space between your jawbone and the dental crown for it to fit snugly. It also prevents the crown from damaging your gum tissue and bone once placed.
What can I expect during the crown lengthening procedure?
The team at St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants uses laser therapy for your procedure, which gives your dentist control and precision, and it offers minimal discomfort and a highly effective outcome.
The laser uses light energy to remove excess gum tissue and bone, as needed. It acts like a scalpel without the sharp tool and offers such precision that your dentist can perform your procedure in much less time when compared to traditional practices.
During your procedure, you experience very little bleeding, which means less swelling and less discomfort afterward. Also, dental lasers don’t have the unsettling sound of a drill. Instead, you experience a quiet, comfortable, relaxing environment during your therapy.
What can I expect after my crown lengthening procedure?
The laser therapy for your crown lengthening offers a much shorter recovery time compared to traditional gum procedures. You should be able to return to your normal activities within a day or two.
To schedule a consultation at St. Tammany Periodontics & Implants, call the team at the location closest to you or book an appointment online today.