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Crown Lengthening

If you have been told you need a filling or dental crown, you might first require a preparatory procedure called crown lengthening.

It allows your dentist to access decay or create a better foundation for your crown. It may also be recommended before receiving a veneer.

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Our oral surgeons will work carefully to recontour the bone and preserve healthy tissue. 

Local anesthesia will be used to completely numb the treatment area, and we also offer sedation options.

If a crown does not contact enough dental tissue, it can fail. A poor fit can also result in decay developing under the restoration.

Put your heath first

Dentists only recommend this treatment if it is absolutely necessary. Failure to create a proper foundation for a restoration is risky and could result in the need for tooth extraction in the future.

A strong, healthy smile can benefit your confidence and overall health. If you are experiencing any symptoms of tooth decay or other oral health issues, speak to your dentist today.

This procedure involves bony recontouring around the affected tooth, allowing the gum tissue to establish a more inferior position so the dentist can obtain a margin for crown restoration.

Is crown lengthening expensive?

Crown lengthening in preparation for a crown or filling is considered restorative, so at least a portion of the cost is probably covered by your insurance policy. This treatment can also minimize your risk of requiring more costly treatment in the future. However, if crown lengthening is performed in preparation for a porcelain veneer, it is considered cosmetic, and will not qualify for coverage.

Before your procedure

The tooth and surrounding area will be numbed with local anesthesia. If you wear a temporary crown, your surgeon will remove it.

Small amounts of bone tissue will be removed.

Sutures may be applied to close any incisions. 

If you wear a temporary crown, it will be placed back onto the tooth.

The gums must heal for about three months.

Once you have fully healed, your filling, permanent crown, or veneer can be placed.

At Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, we know how to help you. Our board-certified surgeons and expert staff can provide the care you need to relieve the discomfort you feel.

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