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Crown Lengthening

Periodontics & Dental Implants located in Baton Rouge, LA

Crown Lengthening services offered in Baton Rouge, LA

Do you have excess gum tissue and a gummy smile that bothers you? If so, you don’t have to live with this abnormality because a simple solution is available. At Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jenny Herman, DDS, Barry Biner, DDS, and their skilled staff, offer crown lengthening procedures to reduce a gummy smile and help you feel confident about your gumline. Call the Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants office to learn more, or request an appointment online today.

What is crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a cosmetic dental procedure that improves the health and overall appearance of your gums. It treats a gummy smile or excess gum tissue that diminishes the appearance of your teeth. Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants uses advanced, minimally invasive treatments that lengthen the exposed parts of your teeth, reshaping and contouring your gumline.

What are the benefits of crown lengthening?

The main benefits of crown lengthening at Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants include:

  • Beautiful gumline
  • Longer-looking teeth
  • Improvements in your smile’s appearance
  • Better gum-to-tooth ratio
  • Reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease

The procedure is sometimes needed before you receive a new crown or other restoration, if your gums restrict accessibility, or if a tooth breaks below the gumline. 

Is crown lengthening right for me?

Your Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants specialist determines if crown lengthening is right for you after discussing your oral health history, symptoms, and your desired results. They examine your gums, teeth, and dental X-rays before tailoring a customized treatment plan. 

What happens during crown lengthening procedures?

During crown lengthening at Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants, your specialist uses advanced laser technology. They numb the treatment area and provide a sedative to relax you if needed.

They make a small incision near the gums to separate the teeth and gums. Your provider uses advanced tools to reshape your gumline, and, in some cases, remove a small amount of bone.

While every patient is different, crown lengthening usually takes about an hour. The exact length of time treatment takes depends on the severity of your condition and whether or not your periodontist needs to remove any bone. Your specialist then closes any incisions. 

What should I expect afterward?

After undergoing crown lengthening, you notice immediate results and teeth that look longer. Get plenty of rest, take medicines as directed, and avoid vigorously rinsing or brushing your mouth until given the okay. Return to Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants to have any sutures removed. Complete healing may take about 2-3 months.

To learn more about crown lengthening and find out if it’s right for you, schedule an appointment at Baton Rouge Periodontics & Implants by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.