Periodontics treatments that involve reshaping the gums are often referred to as periodontal plastic surgery. Crown lengthening may be needed when there is an excess amount of gum tissue and it is affecting the quality and health of your smile.
Dr. Withers may recommend functional crown lengthening before any type of cosmetic or restorative procedure, or you may be referred by your general dentist to our office for this procedure. If you need a crown, for example, and there is not enough tooth structure exposed for the crown to hold on to, Dr. Withers can remove gum and bone tissue to elongate the tooth just enough to support your new restoration.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and Dr. Withers will create small incisions to remove the gum and bone tissue and reshape the treated area. Sutures are placed after gum reduction surgery is completed and those are removed within two weeks. The entire healing process typically takes between six to eight weeks. At that stage, you are ready for the final restoration phase.
Crown lengthening can enable proper restoration of broken, decayed, or fractured teeth. If you think that you may be a good candidate for functional crown lengthening in Fairfax, VA or you want to learn more about periodontics treatments that are suitable for you, set up your consultation with Dr. Withers today!