Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of a gummy smile or to expose more tooth tissue for a restorative procedure. Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara crown lengthening expert may recommend a crown lengthening procedure if you have had a tooth that has broken, suffered decay under a porcelain crown or filling or has certain cosmetic flaws.
If you are a candidate for a crown lengthening, Dr. Frame, our expert in crown lengthening in Santa Clara, will begin by performing a comprehensive exam. We will review your dental and medical records and take dental X-rays or other images. In some cases, you may need a professional cleaning before the crown lengthening to remove any plaque or tartar buildup.
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Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara crown lengthening expert, will then numb the area around the tooth using local anesthesia. If you are feeling particularly anxious or nervous, sedation may be available so that you can feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure. After the tissues are completely numb, the gums will be gently separated from the affected tooth. Some of the excess tissue will be removed to expose more of the tooth. Tissues around the adjacent teeth may also be adjusted to ensure an attractive, uniform appearance.
After the tissues have been adjusted, the roots may need to be smoothed. Stitches and a bandage can be placed to protect the healing tissues. If necessary, Dr. Frame, our expert in crown lengthening in Santa Clara, will place a temporary crown to protect the tooth as the tissues heal. Good dental hygiene can keep the tissues free of bacteria as you heal.
Dr. Frame will give you personalized recommendations for your hygiene regimen. If medications are prescribed, take them exactly as directed for the best results. Once you are ready for your final restoration, you will return to have it designed and placed. This can usually be completed in one to two dental appointments. Contact our office today to learn more about crown lengthening or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Frame, our Santa Clara dentist.
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