At Periodontal Associates, our team provides crown lengthening for smiles that appear “gummy” and as a first step in exposing more of your natural tooth when restoring it from periodontal disease.
What Is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is a treatment in which either Dr. Comeaux or Dr. Pearson will cut back and remove tissue at your gumline to extend the length of your crown, or the visible portion of your tooth. If you have elected this procedure solely to improve the appearance of your smile, our team will discuss your goals for a new smile with you, including the placement of your gumline. However, if the crown lengthening is necessary as a result of periodontal disease, we will determine how much gum tissue needs removal to restore your tooth. When we can save your natural tooth, the removal of diseased gum is often necessary before placing a crown to improve appearance and function.
How Does the Treatment Work?
When you come in for your visit, we will numb the area with a local anesthetic to reduce discomfort. One of our periodontists will carefully cut away gum tissue. In the case of severe periodontal disease, we may need to remove a portion of the bone, as well, particularly if we are planning on crown placement. Once this simple procedure is complete, our periodontist will stitch your gums. Within approximately one week, you will return to our office for a follow-up visit to remove the stitches, and again in several weeks to check on the healing and health of your new gumline.
Am I a Good Candidate?
If you have come to our office to address a smile that appears unattractive as a result of too much gum coverage, or if we are restoring your smile after periodontal disease, you are good candidate for crown lengthening. However, if periodontal disease has caused significant bone damage or extreme gum recession, we will discuss other options with you. Gum recession may require a procedure to restore tooth coverage through soft tissue grafts, a procedure in which we add to your gumline. Or, if your damage requires tooth removal, we may need to discuss tooth replacement options, such as dental implants.
Seeking treatment or surgery for periodontal disease? Our board-certified periodontists take a compassionate approach to periodontal care, and will spend time getting to know you rather than hurrying out of the exam room. Schedule a visit with our team at Periodontics Associates today to review your treatment options with Dr. Comeaux or Dr. Pearson in our Lafayette office, or with Dr. Comeaux at our Opelousas satellite office. Please contact us if you have any questions.