Okanagan Periodontics

Crown Lengthening Surgery in Kelowna

What is Crown Extending?

Crown extending is a surgical technique that shapes and raconteurs the gum tissue and bone tissue around a tooth permitting more of the natural, healthy tooth to be exposed.

Reasons for Crown Extending

There are many differing reasons to go through crown extending. Patients who have a “gummy” smile may choose to have crown lengthening as part of a cosmeticprocedure. Removing excess gum tissue can revive a balanced, healthy look and thus improve the aesthetic appearance of the smile.

Periodontal disease can cause serious damage to the teeth, as can stress and decay. Sometimes a tooth breaks below the gum line and crown lengthening can prepare the area for a new restoration to fix the damaged teeth.

Crown extending is also performed as a part of a treatment plan for a tooth that is to be fitted with a crown. Crown extending provides more space between the supporting jawbone and dental crown. This hinders the new crown from damaging gum tissues and bone once it is in effect.

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What to Expect With Crown Lengthening

Crown extending is usually performed under local painkiller. The amount of time this process takes will mostly rely in how many teeth are concerned and whether a small amount of bone should be removed, as well as the soft tissue. Any existing dental crowns will be removed prior to the procedure, and replaced right afterwards.

Dr Steven Faigan will make a sequence of tiny cuts around the more delicate tissue so as to separate the gums away from the teeth. Even if only 1 tooth requires the re-contour, neighboring teeth are sometimes treated to supply a more even reshaping. Separating the gums access to the roots of the teeth and the essential bone.

In some cases, the removal of a touch of tissue will supply enough tooth exposure to place a crown. In some cases, you may need a touch of bone from across the teeth removed. After surgery your teeth will look noticeably longer straight away as the gums have just been repositioned.

The surgical site will be secured using an intraoral (periodontal) bandage, which serves to stop infection. Prescriptions might be provided for pain relief medication, and a chlorhexidine (anti-microbe) mouth rinse may be given to help cut back any bacteria trying to re-colonize. The surgical site will be completely healed in roughly 2 to 3 months.

You can experience some swelling after the procedure. Applying an ice pack to the outside of your face over the treated area can help with any discomfort. In a number of cases, antibiotics are given before, during, and after the treatment so as to forestall any illnesses. After one or two weeks, you’ll have a post-op check where Dr Steven Faigan will check the surgical area and ensure you are healing well and address any questions you may have.


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