"My smile is very important to me. I never really had huge issues with my teeth but I did have some spacing that I was not happy with. Deciding to get invisalign was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The hard part was finding a facility that would tend to my needs and make me feel at home. I researched for quite some time before actually picking a place, but I finally ended up choosing Luxury Dentistry.”
- Darween F.
The most common conditions that can be treated with crown lengthening are tooth decay and fractured and broken off teeth underneath the gum line. When the gum line extends too far over the tooth, it can lead to a periodontal disease, since the gum is more vulnerable to bacteria. If a tooth has been damaged, our gum specialist may determine that an implant or a veneer should be used, in combination with a gum lift that will expose more of the tooth and assist in stabilizing the implant. There are several indications that signal the need for a crown lengthening procedure:
- Root fracture
- Inadequate tooth length due to wear
- Below the gum decay on the root surface of the tooth
- Perforation of the tooth root
- Crown fracture leading to short crown that cannot be used for a replacement
The gum specialists at Luxury Dentistry NYC will take impressions, photos and x-rays beforehand, not only to aid in the surgery, but to give patients the best prediction for the end results before starting the treatment. Patients will be given a local anesthetic before a short and easy procedure. Through the removal of small amounts of tissue, excess gum will be reduced and reshaped. In most cases, all that is needed to expose more of the tooth is to trim the gum tissue, but in some cases where there is an excess of tissue and bone, a small piece of the bone will have to be removed as well.