Crown Lengthening in New York City, NY
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What is Crown Lengthening?
Crown lengthening is often performed to enhance the overall look and health of the teeth. Crown lengthening can come off as an odd term to some since it sounds like it involves adding material to the tooth — a more precise term would be crown exposure since gum tissue is removed to reveal more of the tooth. Many of our patients want crown lengthening to correct a "gummy" smile. Crown lengthening can also be done if not enough of your crown is visible to hold a filling, crown, or other restoration. To get more information, schedule a consultation at East Village Dental Center in New York, NY.
Who Can Have Crown Lengthening?
Candidates for crown lengthening should be in good general health, particularly when it comes to the gums. Problems like gum (periodontal) disease may have to be treated before crown lengthening can be performed. Most often, crown lengthening is done for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In these cases, excess gum tissue could be eliminated to improve the ratio of gum tissue to enamel and offer you an even gumline. In some cases, crown lengthening can also be needed to perform a dental restoration in order to reveal more of the tooth so as to put a filling, crown, or bridge.
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How is Crown Lengthening Performed?
Before your crown lengthening procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the needed regions to make the process more comfortable. When you are ready, the gum tissue is removed in small slivers to slowly reveal more of your enamel, and then your gumline will be shaped for an even look. When we have finished the crown lengthening process, we will seal the gum tissue to stop bleeding and then rinse your mouth.
What is Recovering from Crown Lengthening Like?
After your crown lengthening treatment, your mouth may be sore and inflamed. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers can usually help reduce your discomfort, but we may write a prescription for pain medication and/or antibiotics if needed. Many of our patients find it helpful to follow a liquid or soft food diet for the first few days as their gums recover. You should carefully clean your mouth with soft brushing and mouthwash; however, you should avoid dental floss. In some cases, you might need to schedule another appointment at East Village Dental Center to monitor your recovery. We will also assess your gums and oral health at your annual dental exams.
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Will Insurance Pay for Crown Lengthening?
The cost of your crown lengthening treatment in New York City, NY will differ based on why it is being performed. Dental insurance companies might cover a portion of the cost in some situations. In any case, our staff will get in touch with your insurer to determine what your out-of-pocket costs will be prior to discussing your options for payment. If you do not have dental insurance, we can help estimate your costs in your consultation and provide you with more information on low-interest medical financing that could help to make your treatment easier to afford.
Get Rid of Your "Gummy" Smile with Crown Lengthening
Whether you want to enhance your smile or improve your oral health, find out more about crown-lengthening treatments at East Village Dental Center. By removing gum tissue, you can improve the overall look of a "gummy" smile or prepare your teeth for a dental restoration. Schedule an appointment with our talented dental team to determine if you're a candidate for restorative or cosmetic crown lengthening treatments at our New York, NY dental office.