What is crown lengthening in Birmingham, AL? Essentially, this common dental procedure removes excess gum, bone and other tissue around the tooth to expose more surface area. The procedure is frequently used to treat dental problems or prepare the patient for other dental treatments, but can also be used in cosmetic dentistry procedures, for patients who are looking for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

What Crown Lengthening Is Used For

This procedure commonly addresses the issue of a “gummy smile,” but it can fix a multitude of other oral health issues as well. For instance, if your tooth is decayed or has insufficient structure, it can be difficult for your periodontist to restore the tooth through a crown or a bridge. On the other hand, if your tooth is too short or broken off near the gum line, crown lengthening can allow for other cosmetic procedures down the line.

Before the Procedure

Before you get into the process, our periodontist, Dr. Leigh Kent will take complete X-rays and look over your medical history. He or she may ask you to get a professional cleaning in advance, and have temporary crowns put into place if needed.

The Procedure

Our skilled doctor will make small incisions in your gums, or use a laser, to pull them away from the teeth. If necessary, she will them remove a bit of bone from around the roots of your teeth. Once a sufficient amount of tooth is exposed, the area will be washed and bandaged. Afterwards, you may be asked to stick with a soft diet. Furthermore, you will have follow up visits in 7 to 10 days, then again in four to six weeks.

Call Today for Your Appointment

Crown lengthening has improved the smile and function in many of our patients! If you would like more information about this procedure, please contact us today. Dr. Kent and our team are available for questions or for scheduling your personalized consultation.