When you need to get any type of medical or dental procedure done, you want to be sure you choose the right professional. For dental procedures, there are different types of dentists. While general dentists will take care of your routine needs, a periodontist specializes in the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease as well as in the placement of dental implants, crown lengthening, and other aesthetic gum concerns. Some people refer to a periodontist as a cosmetic dentist since many periodontal procedures also have a cosmetic benefit. Let’s take a look at what crown lengthening is and why you may want to seek a cosmetic dentist in Rochester NY for crown lengthening.
What is Crown Lengthening?
During a crown lengthening procedure, part of the gum and/or bone around the tooth is removed to expose more of the visible part of the tooth.[1,3] Some people get this done for cosmetic reasons if they feel like too much of their gum tissue shows when they smile. Crown lengthening can make people’s teeth look longer and straighter, as well as make teeth look more symmetrical.
For others, crown lengthening is done for a restorative purpose. If a patient needs a crown or a bridge, there needs to be enough of the crown exposed. In some situations, as when there is a broken tooth or decay below the gum line, the crown has to be surgically exposed for the restoration to be in place.
Whichever category you may fall under, it’s important to have an experienced professional carrying out the procedure.
How Can a Cosmetic Dentist Rochester NY Help with Crown Lengthening?
If you are considering a crown lengthening procedure, you can expect it to be done as an outpatient procedure with only local anesthesia (Novocain).
Your periodontist will decide how much gum or bone needs to be removed and after surgically removing the excess tissue, will suture them back. In some cases, this procedure can be done with a laser avoiding the need for sutures all together.
It’s important to remember that every situation is different. It will also depend on whether you are getting the crown lengthening done for cosmetic or restorative purposes. If a crown or bridge needs to be placed, your gums will need to heal first before this can happen. Healing in the back of the mouth can take 6-8 weeks, while healing in the front of the month may take longer to ensure long-term predictable and aesthetic results. Each patient is different, so your recovery time will vary.
After getting a crown lengthening procedure, it’s normal to feel some discomfort which can easily be managed with over the counter pain medications like Tylenol and ibuprofen.
Contact Dental Implants & Periodontal Health of Rochester
If you need more information about crown lengthening in Rochester, NY, call Dr. Zahavi at Dental Implants & Periodontal Health of Rochester. Dr. Zahavi has extensive experience and years of additional training as a prosthodontist which makes him an excellent choice when looking for aesthetic gum procedures. Dr. Zahavi takes special care to make sure that all crown lengthening procedures look aesthetic and natural. To learn more call Dental Implants & Periodontal Health of Rochester at 585.685.2005 today.