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Bermuda dentist explains crown lengthening

There are several reasons why a patient might seek oral surgery. These include medically necessary procedures as well as those done for aesthetic enhancement. Some procedures are performed for multiple reasons. At Positive Image Dental in Bermuda, our team is prepared to handle multi-faceted oral surgeries that patients might need, including procedures such as crown lengthening or “crown extension.”

What is crown lengthening?

While some procedures focus on the regrowth and repair of damaged tissues, the team at Positive Image Dental provide crown lengthening to remove tissues. This commonly performed oral surgery is performed by dentists to remove excess tissue around the tooth along the gumline. Crown lengthening is sometimes used in conjunction with procedures such as the placement of dental crowns or bridges, ensuring enough solid bone for proper placement. In other situations, crown lengthening can be performed to fix what is known as a “gummy” smile. This is a situation where excessive gum tissue can cause the appearance of shortened teeth and negatively impact one’s appearance. By removing this excess gum tissue, the crown of the tooth is lengthened, and a more balanced appearance can be achieved.

Who is a good candidate for crown lengthening?

  • Patients having dental crowns or bridges placed.
  • Individuals with an uneven gum line who need to create a more appealing and straighter appearance.
  • Patients with a gummy smile that want to achieve a more balanced and harmonious look to the smile.
  • Individuals who have damaged gum tissue that can be removed without detracting from the smile’s aesthetics.

During a consultation appointment, our dentists will determine if a patient is a good candidate for this or other cosmetic procedures involving gum tissue and bone.

Is crown lengthening painful?

This procedure is safely performed with local anesthetics and, if needed, sedation for the patient to ease anxiety and ensure comfort.

Schedule a visit with the team at Positive Image Dental today!

Drs. Ian Campbell, Christopher Allington, and Lara Loescher of Positive Image Dental in Bermuda provide a wide range of procedures and treatments for patients to consider when it comes to enhancing their smiles. If you live in the community and are seeking oral surgeries such as crown lengthening, connect with us by calling (441) 292-2312 and visiting at ZBM Annex Fort Hill Road. We are open to new patients and families in our state-of-the-art facility.