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Crown Lengthening ("Gummy" Smile, Overgrown Gums) – Orange, CA

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About crown lengthening

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Patrick Yoshikane is skilled at crown lengthening to enhance the look and health of your teeth. Crown lengthening may come off as an odd name to some because it sounds like it entails making the tooth longer. A more precise term would be crown exposure because some of the gum tissue is removed to show more of the enamel. You might want crown lengthening for aesthetic reasons if you'd like to correct a "gummy" smile. Crown lengthening can also be performed if not enough of your tooth is visible to hold a dental crown, filling, or another restoration. To obtain more information, schedule an appointment at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. in Orange, CA.

Best Candidates

Candidates for crown lengthening are in good overall health, particularly with regard to the gums. Conditions, such as gum (periodontal) disease, might have to be addressed before crown lengthening can be done. Most frequently, crown lengthening is performed for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In such circumstances, excessive gum tissue can be eliminated to balance the proportion of visible enamel to gums and give you a higher, more even gumline. However, crown lengthening may also be required to properly place a dental restoration. Dr. Yoshikane might need to uncover more of your tooth in order to put in a bridge, crown, or filling.

What To Expect

Before the procedure starts, a local anesthetic is used to numb the treated regions to make the process more comfortable. You can talk about other sedation options with Dr. Yoshikane during your initial consultation to help you stay comfortable and calm throughout the procedure. After you are ready, a small amount of the gum tissue is removed to slowly show more of your enamel, and then your gum line will be sculpted for a lifted and even look. When Dr. Yoshikane has finished the procedure, he will seal the gum tissue and then rinse your mouth.

Recovery

Following your treatment, your gums may be sore and inflamed. Cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers can be utilized to minimize your discomfort, a prescription for antibiotics and/or pain medication may also be indicated. It can be easier to follow a soft food or liquid diet for several days while your gums heal. You should carefully clean your mouth with soft brushing and mouthwash but avoid dental floss. Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. will closely monitor your recovery. Dr. Yoshikane will also always assess your gums and oral health at your yearly dental examination.

ANTICIPATED COSTS

Based on your dental insurance coverage, some of your costs may be paid. After talking to your insurance company, we can better calculate your out-of-pocket costs. At your consult, the team of Dr.Yoshikane can go over payment methods, along with financing, to help make your procedure affordable.

Schedule your consultation

To transform your smile or restore your mouth, find out more information on crown lengthening treatments at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. By eliminating gum tissue, it is possible to enhance the appearance of a "gummy" smile or prep your mouth for a dental restoration. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Yoshikane to determine if you're a candidate for restorative or cosmetic crown lengthening treatments at Patrick Yoshikane, D.D.S. in Orange, CA.

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