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Crown Lengthening
Post Falls ID

Woman without gummy smile, thanks to crown lengthening in Post Falls IDWhen a patient has excessive gum tissue, giving them a gummy smile, we can remove the excess tissue to expose more of the tooth. This is generally done in preparation for a dental restoration. Our dentists, Dr. S. Welton or Dr. D. Welton, will review this simple procedure with you if they find it necessary before they can place a dental crown, or treat a tooth that has decay. Our team at Woodland Family Dental want to give you the healthy smile that you need, crown lengthening, for some patients, is a common and simple step toward restoring your oral health.

How is crown lengthening done?

The description sounds more severe than it is. In order to expose more of the tooth, we need to make a series of cuts to remove excess tissue and in some situations, we may find it necessary to remove some bone. Before cuts are made, we start with a dental cleaning and then apply a local anesthetic, so the patient does not experience any discomfort. We often remove excess tissue from around multiple teeth, even if only a single tooth is needed, this is to allow us to reshape the tissue to provide an even look.

If the plan is to place a crown on the tooth, we may put on a temporary crown. Your temporary crown will protect your tooth and provide us a guideline of how much tissue or bone needs to be removed.

Following your tooth lengthening procedure, we tend to give the patient about three months to fully heal. As your gums heal, there is often some shrinkage, and if we don't wait long enough, the edges of the crown could show. Once healed, one of our dentists, Dr. S. Welton or Dr. D. Welton, will clean and prepare the tooth again before placing the permanent crown.

Why would I need to have crown lengthening?

We recommend a patient has crown lengthening to:
•  To provide the space needed on a tooth to provide stability for a dental crown.
•  When a tooth has broken below the gum line and we need to make a restorative procedure.
•  When a tooth has decay that is below the gum and is inaccessible.
•  When a restorative procedure needs to be performed and we are unable to get the access to the tooth that we need due to excessive tissue.

Crown lengthening is a fast procedure, often taking less than one hour. Our patients find that proper crown lengthening can give valuable results that is necessary to restore their teeth to health. This simple procedure will provide the patient a much nicer fitting dental crown and improved access to removing plaque, helping you have better control of disease causing bacteria around their new restoration.

For more information on crown lengthening and how we can restore a tooth that has excessive gum tissue over the tooth, contact our dentists, Sunnshine M. Welton DDS and David G. Welton DDS, at our Post Falls, ID 83854 office by contacting our front office at: (208) 254-4600

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Woodland Family Dental PC
1100 E Polston Avenue
Post Falls, ID 83854-6045


Phone: (208) 254-4600
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