Before placing a crown, your general dentist must first prepare your tooth. Sometimes there is not enough tooth structure above the gum line to accept a new crown. "Crown lengthening" provides more tooth structure for your crown. This ensures a more stable crown with less resulting gum irritation.
Procedure: The periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently recontours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural tooth.
|A cavity is below the gum line preventing it from being filled easily.||The periodontist gently opens the area.||He then contours the bone to lower the gum line.|
|The bone has been lowered which will lower the level of the gum when it heals.||The area has been closed up and now the cavity is exposed and can be filled.||The cavity has been filled and the procedure is done.|
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