About Crown Lengthening
Making over your smile is not always as simple as a whitening treatment or teeth straightening. Excess gum tissue can hide your sexy teeth. The board-certified doctors at MINT dentistry are experienced in crown lengthening to improve your smile and oral health. Crown lengthening (despite the name) does not actually involve making the tooth itself longer. A more accurate term would be "crown exposure” since excess tissue is removed to reveal more of the tooth, making it look longer. Your dentist may recommend crown lengthening to improve the appearance of your smile or if not enough of your tooth is visible to support a tooth-colored filling or restoration (like a crown). To find out if crown lengthening could improve your smile or oral health, schedule a consultation with a board-certified MINT dentistry professional in Houston, TX.
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To be a candidate for crown lengthening, you should have good oral health, especially the gums. Issues like gum (periodontal) disease will be treated before crown lengthening is performed. Typically, crown lengthening is performed for cosmetic reasons to improve a "gummy" smile. In these cases, excess gum tissue can be removed to improve the ratio of enamel to gums and give you an even gumline. However, crown lengthening may also be needed to complete a restoration. We may need to reveal more of the tooth to place a filling, crown, or bridge. During a consultation at our well-equipped office, your dental team will assess your condition and medical history to determine if crown lengthening is appropriate.
What to Expect
On the day of your crown lengthening procedure, your appointment will begin with our compassionate team ensuring you are entirely at ease. Our advanced treatment rooms feature flat-screen televisions, Beats headphones, and MINT sunglasses to help you stay relaxed throughout your treatment. Before the procedure starts, we will numb your gum tissue with a local anesthesia to minimize discomfort. MINT dentistry is also equipped with many sedation dentistry methods. Sedation methods will be discussed at your consultation. After your mouth is prepared, our team will slowly and carefully excise small amounts of soft tissue, revealing more enamel and an even gumline. When the procedure is complete, we will stop the bleeding by sealing the gum tissue and then rinsing your mouth.
Depending on which sedation method was used, you should arrange for a adult take you home. Your mouth may be swollen and sore following this procedure. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers are recommended to minimize your discomfort. For some patients, we may prescribe pain medication and/or antibiotics. You should eat soft, mild food and drink lots of water for about 3 – 5 days after the procedure. You should clean your mouth with mouthwash and gentle brushing. Avoid flossing your teeth until a team member tells you it's safe. A follow-up appointment at MINT dentistry will be scheduled so our team can check your recovery.
The MINT Commitment
Your cost for crown lengthening will vary depending on the primary reason the procedure is being performed. Dental insurance providers may pay some of your costs in some situations. We will speak to your provider to understand the coverage of your policy based on your situation. If you don't have dental insurance, the MINT dentistry support staff will estimate your costs during your consultation. We can also give you information on financing that can help make your dental treatments easier to afford. If you do not have dental insurance, ask your dentist about our MINT Discount Plan. At MINT dentistry, we are committed to helping every patient find a way to get sexy teeth.
A Big, Beautiful Smile
If you have excess gum tissue, you may be able to transform your smile and restore your oral health with a crown lengthening treatment at MINT dentistry in Houston, TX. By removing gum tissue, you can improve the appearance of a "gummy" smile or make sure you have enough visible enamel for a filling or crown. Schedule an exam and consultation with one of our experienced board-certified doctors at MINT dentistry to determine if your smile could be improved with a cosmetic or restorative crown lengthening treatment.