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Dr. Xixi Wu
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Crown Lengthening
Richardson, TX

Smiling woman with bright teethA crown lengthening procedure is pretty common. At Dr. Xixi Wu, Dr. Wu can perform crown lengthening surgery if you don’t have the right amount of exposed tooth for a dental restoration to be placed.

Why Do You Need Crown Lengthening Surgery

Crown lengthening procedure involves reducing gum tissues that are encroaching on the surface of your tooth and contouring the bone where necessary. Crown lengthening surgery can be necessary if you require a crown or a bridge but you don’t have enough tooth surface exposed for the restoration. Sometimes, crown lengthening is also necessary if you have a gummy smile and too much gum tissue shows above your teeth.

However, you need to understand that every smile is different and just because your teeth seem short to you, doesn’t mean they are not the proper length. However, it is important that you feel confident about your smile and at Dr. Xixi Wu, we are here to make sure that a crown lengthening procedure is the right treatment for you.

What to Expect During a Crown Lengthening Surgery?

A crown lengthening procedure is completed in the following steps:
•  Before the surgery, we will take some x-rays of your mouth and check your medical history to ensure you don’t have any conditions or you don’t take any medications that will interfere with the crown lengthening process.
•  The surgery will start by administering local anesthesia combined with a sedative so that you remain as comfortable as possible.
•  Small incisions will be made to your gums to make a small flap which can be lifted away from your tooth surface.
•  The underlying bone is also contoured and reshaped so that it can support the gum tissues in their new position.
•  The gum flap is then sutured into the improved position and follows the contours if your new gumline.
•  We may also place a surgical dressing on the stitches for 7 to 14 days. You may have to come in once or twice to get the dressing change in the following days.

Then time required to complete a crown lengthening surgery varies depending on the number of teeth that need to be fixed. Typically, though, it can be completed in a single hour.

Post-Surgery Care

After the surgery, you may experience some pain, swelling, and bleeding in your mouth. To alleviate these symptoms, we will recommend you some over-the-counter pain medication and the use a cold compress to make your swelling go down. It will take a few weeks before your gums heal and shrink back to their original size. Your mouth will be fully healed within three to six months.

During this time, you should eat a soft diet and avoid foods that are hard, tacky, or very sticky. Also refrain from drinking or smoking so that your surgical site can heal quickly. Initially, your teeth may be more sensitive to hot or cold sensations, but this will go away in time. You may also feel that your tooth is looser since the surrounding bone is removed. However, if you experience complications like unceasing bleeding, severe pain, or fever, this may be a sign of infection or other issues.

In this case, schedule an urgent appointment with us by calling us at (972) 669-9444 so that Dr. Wu can treat you.
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