If you want to correct gums that extend too far down or up your teeth, East Village Dental Center can help. At their state-of-the-art clinic in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, the team of dental professionals provides safe and effective crown lengthening for cosmetic, restorative, or medical purposes. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.
Your tooth is made up of two main components: the crown and the root. The root is the part of your tooth that connects to your jawbone, and the crown is the white part that sits above your gumline and is responsible for chewing your food. Most people think of the crown when they’re thinking about a tooth.
In some smiles, the crown of the tooth doesn’t extend far enough past the gumline, either because the gums extend too far onto the tooth, or the crown of the tooth is just short itself. This can be problematic for both cosmetic and medical reasons.
Cosmetically speaking, a “gummy” smile is considered less aesthetically pleasing, and short crowns can also cause issues with your oral health, like chronic inflammation in your gums or difficulties in affixing a prosthetic crown to your tooth.
Crown lengthening is a procedure that adjusts or removes some of the gum and bone tissue surrounding the crown of your tooth, thereby giving your smile less gum and more tooth.
The team at East Village Dental Center might recommend crown lengthening for a number of reasons.
If you need a prosthetic crown or dental bridge, but you don’t have enough tooth available to attach them, crown lengthening can help your dentist successfully perform the procedure.
If the size of your gums is detracting from the aesthetic appearance of your smile, crown lengthening can help cosmetically improve your smile by reducing its “gumminess.”
Crown lengthening can also generally improve your oral health if you have an excessive amount of gum tissue that’s consistently getting aggravated.
The team at East Village Dental Center can perform your crown lengthening with a simple and straightforward outpatient procedure that takes less than an hour to complete, and allows patients to return home immediately after.
Your dentist administers local anesthesia to numb your treatment area and then carefully cuts away your excess gum tissue. After they successfully remove the tissue, they clean your mouth with saltwater and sew up your incision site.
Your dentist might prescribe you pain relievers to minimize any discomfort after your treatment, and they’ll provide you with a specialized mouthwash to speed up your gums’ healing process.
Get started with your crown lengthening today. Book your visit with the compassionate professionals at East Village Dental Center by phone or online today.