Clinical Crown Lengthening – Kent and Seattle
Clinical Crown Lengthening: A Patient’s Guide
Clinical crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that involves adjusting the gum line to expose more of the tooth structure. This procedure is performed for both functional and aesthetic reasons. In this brochure, we will discuss the two main types of clinical crown lengthening, the process of the procedure, what you can expect during the procedure, and the recovery process.
Types of Clinical Crown Lengthening:
- Functional Crown Lengthening: This type of crown lengthening is performed to address a functional issue, such as tooth decay or gum disease. The procedure is performed to ensure that the tooth is properly restored, as well as to ensure optimal oral health
- Aesthetic Crown Lengthening: This type of crown lengthening is performed for aesthetic reasons. It involves adjusting the gum line to expose more of the tooth structure, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
The Clinical Crown Lengthening Procedure: The clinical crown lengthening procedure is performed by a periodontist. Before the procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area where the procedure will be performed. The periodontist will then remove excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth structure. Once the desired amount of tooth structure has been exposed, the periodontist will close the incisions using sutures.
Patient Experience: During the procedure, you will feel pressure, but should not feel any pain. After the procedure, you will experience some swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. You will also be given post-operative instructions to follow to ensure a successful recovery.
The recovery period for clinical crown lengthening varies from patient to patient. Most patients experience some swelling and discomfort for the first few days after the procedure. However, the swelling and discomfort should subside within a week. You will be given a follow-up appointment at pacific Northwest periodontics to monitor your progress and ensure that the healing process is proceeding as expected.
Clinical crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that can help improve your oral health and enhance the appearance of your smile. If you are considering this procedure, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with a Pacific Northwest periodontics to determine if it is the right option for you. With proper care and follow-up, you can enjoy the benefits of clinical crown lengthening for many years to come.