Another reason for crown lengthening is if your teeth are heavily worn down or broken, and your dentist is otherwise unable to restore them definitively.
Prior to crown lengthening, Dr Shah will see you for a complete assessment. Together with the referring dentist and a dental technician, Dr Shah will create a bespoke digital smile design, so that you are fully aware of the intended outcome prior to embarking upon treatment.
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthesia to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed. The excess gum tissue may be removed and carefully shaped with either a laser or conventional instruments. Certain cases will additionally require some bone around your teeth to be gently reshaped. This is to allow us to position the gum exactly where we require and helps to prevent the regrowth of the excess tissue in the future. The tissues are stitched back and left for 7-14 days. Your dentist is usually able to place provisional restorations a week following the removal of the stitches. The final restorations can be cemented 2-3 months following the crown lengthening procedure.