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Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 204-9623

Crown Lengthening Seattle, WA

 Woman Smiling about Crown Lengthening in Seattle, WAAt Crown Hill Dental Care, we perform crown lengthening for functional and cosmetic reasons. Crown lengthening is a common surgical procedure that exposes a greater amount of the tooth. During the procedure, we remove a portion of the gum tissue, underlying bone, or both. We perform a crown lengthening to repair a chipped or broken tooth. For instance, when a tooth breaks off at the gum line, we can lengthen the crown to support a restoration. It can also be helpful if an existing crown falls out, and there is decay underneath.

Other patients have a large amount of gum tissue around their upper teeth. Crown lengthening will help us remove excess gum tissue, and improve the aesthetics of your smile.

Preparation for Crown Lengthening

During a consultation visit, Drs. Walker, Drumhiller, Goll and O'Connor will review your medical history and take a look at your existing X-rays (unless the situation requires new X-rays). Once we have determined that crown lengthening be right for you, we can set a date for the surgery.

Before the surgery, we may suggest a professional cleaning. If the tooth needs a crown, we may also suggest a temporary crown to protect the tooth. A temporary makes surgery easier because we can use it as a guide for how much tissue or bone to remove.

Procedure for Crown Lengthening

If you have a temporary crown on the involved tooth, it will be removed before the procedure begins. During the procedure, we will use a local anesthetic to eliminate pain and discomfort. Sedation options are also available for patients with fear or anxiety. The length of the procedure depends on the number of teeth that need treatment; however, most crown lengthening procedures involve multiple teeth. Even if only one tooth is involved, the neighboring teeth are also treated to allow the tissue to reshape properly. If both soft tissue and bone are removed, the procedure is longer.

First, Drs. Walker, Drumhiller, Goll and O'Connor will make cuts in the tissue and pull the gums away from the teeth. This will expose the surrounding bone and roots of the teeth. In most cases, some of the bone will be removed from around the roots. However, sometimes only a small amount of tissue needs to be removed to accommodate a crown. Once enough of the tooth has been exposed, the surgical area will be washed, and the gums will be stitched back together.

Follow-Up for Crown Lengthening

Immediately following the procedure, you should ice your face over the area of surgery. This will help reduce the swelling. To help reduce discomfort and keep the area clean, Drs. Walker, Drumhiller, Goll and O'Connor will prescribe pain relievers and antibacterial mouthwash.

We need to remove the stitches seven to ten days after surgery. Four to six weeks after that, you will come back for a follow-up appointment to make sure you are healing properly.

The entire healing process takes about three months. After this period, we can prepare the tooth for a final crown. Your gums will shrink as they heal, making it crucial to wait the appropriate amount of time.

Schedule a Consultation Now

If you are interested in crown lengthening, call (206) 204-9623, and schedule a consultation now!

Crown Hill Dental Care

Dr. Jennifer Walker
Dr. Robert Drumhiller
Dr. George Goll
Dr. Ryan O' Connor

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