Crown Lengthening in Plainville, CT | Gentle Dental Care

Crown Lengthening

Crown Lengthening in Plainville, CT

Commonly performed in conjunction with gum reshaping procedures, crown lengthening procedure is similar but with a different goal. If your teeth have been ground down due to bruxism, have been damaged due to trauma or decay, or have simply been short your entire life, we can help you smile with pride! Ask us about crown lengthening in Plainville, CT.

For many patients with short teeth, your smile may appear gummy not because of excess gum tissue, but because your teeth crowns are simply too short. In these cases, there are several treatments available from Gentle Dental Care in Plainville, CT to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted!

Crown lengthening is a gum procedure intended to expose more of the visible part of the tooth for a number of reasons, it can be used for cosmetic reasons if the individual has really short teeth and they just feel like they are showing a lot of gum and not very much tooth. We may need to surgically expose a little bit around the tooth and reposition the gum at a slightly higher level to make more of the tooth exposed. We very cognitively use that procedure as well because we do a lot of full mouth rehabilitation, smile make-overs, etc., and people come in with big cavities that extend up underneath the gumline and we have to make caps and crowns (same thing) that fit properly on the tooth and the gum is in the way to properly do that so a we have to do a surgical procedure on the gum in order to move the gum further away so the crown can fit onto health tooth structure so that when it is glued onto the tooth with a special dental adhesive, it is on health tooth structure and not sitting on a cavity or something of that nature so it is an extremely common procedure in this office. Many patients choose to have sedation for that procedure and I don’t blame them as I probably would myself, but it doesn’t have to be done with sedation, they are totally numb and it is painless, but yes there is a little bit of soreness after that but we control that with medications.

Dental Crowns

For many patients with short teeth, dental crowns are a great choice for adding length to existing teeth. Crowns act like caps to provide protection and reshaping of teeth that are too small, damaged, or misshapen or that have any other cosmetic or restorative needs. Crowns at our Plainville, CT dentist office are made to last – you’ll love the smile we can create for you!

In some cases where a crown or other dental restoration is needed but there isn’t enough healthy tooth above the gumline, we’ll perform a teeth crown lengthening procedure to make restoring your tooth easier. This will also help us make your restoration more stable and long-lasting.

Damaged Teeth

A damaged tooth doesn’t have to be the end of your smile! Depending on your needs, we can reshape your gums and damaged teeth to look as if they were never damaged at all! Using our state-of-the-art dental lasers, we can adjust the line of your gums without ever making a single cut! We are also able to reshape bone and restore teeth using a variety of restorative techniques!

What Is The Procedure Like?

At Gentle Dental Care, our Plainville, CT dentist uses a combination of techniques to lengthen crowns, and the procedure usually involves modification of the gums as well.

  • After applying anesthesia to the area, we’ll begin working with our dental laser to adjust the size of your gums and open any areas where we may need to remove bone.
  • Crown lengthening generally involves the removal of some bone around the base of your tooth so that as your gums heal your teeth will appear longer.
  • Recovery is often quite fast – usually only a few weeks – during which you’ll just need to be gentle on your mouth! When the only thing done is reshaping or removal of gum tissue, the healing process can be even faster! You’ll feel and look great in no time!

Dr. Thomas Peltzer is nationally known as an expert in the field of sedation dentistry and dental anesthesia. As Connecticut’s premier sedation dentist, Dr. Peltzer is honored to be a member of the prestigious American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and attends hundreds of hours of additional Advanced Anesthesia Continuing Education per year to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in sedation dentistry.

If the look of your teeth leaves you unhappy, there’s a great solution available at Gentle Dental Care! Don’t wait another day to get your dream smile – call our Plainville, CT dentist office now for crown lengthening at 860-479-2397 or make an appointment using our online form! We look forward to seeing you soon!


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