Excessive gum tissue can compromise your smile’s appearance considerably, even if your teeth are perfectly straight and bright white. Fortunately, this problem can be corrected through a periodontal procedure known as crown lengthening that removes the extra gum tissue. Some bone may need to be excised in the area as well, depending on the patient’s case. Crown lengthening can be used on a single tooth or multiple teeth.
This treatment process begins with an initial consultation that should result in no discomfort on the patient’s part.
At this first appointment, your periodontist will inspect your gums and take photos of them that will be used in developing the treatment plan. The patient may also have x-rays taken at this first session if that imaging is necessary.
Additionally, you will have an opportunity to express your desired treatment goals and ask any questions about the procedure. It’s important for you to feel comfortable with the periodontist who will be performing this surgery, so don’t hesitate to discuss any concerns that you may have.
Most patients will choose sedation to make the crown lengthening a more comfortable experience. If you plan to do so, bring up this topic at the initial consultation as well so that you can learn more about your options and determine which sedation method is best for you. You will also receive instructions on how to prepare for the sedation in addition to any other pre- and post-operative directions that you will need to follow.
When the treatment plan is complete, the patient will return to the office to undergo the procedure. This outpatient surgery can be completed in a matter of hours, and most patients are able to resume their normal routines the following day.
A crown lengthening consultation involves no discomfort, and it is an important first step toward creating a more beautiful smile. To schedule your consultation with one of our expert specialists or find out more about what will take place at your consultation, contact PerioNYC at 212-756-8890 today.