At Scripps Poway Dental Care in San Diego, CA, we will recommend restorative crown lengthening near you if we think it’s in your best interests. Crown lengthening procedures shouldn’t be confused with dental crowns. Dental crowns are artificial dental restorations that you can get at most dentists in San Diego, CA.
Restorative crown lengthening is the name of a procedure rather than a device or appliance. At Scripps Poway Dental Care, we perform restorative crown lengthening in San Diego, CA, to expose more of a tooth. This is useful if a tooth has a cavity below the gum line, or we can’t place a crown because there’s not enough space. Crown lengthening might also be required before placing a filling.
Whether or not you need a dental crown, you want your teeth to look great. If most of a tooth is located beneath the gum line, you might notice a gummy smile. When a tooth is mostly found under the gums, placing a filling or a crown can be very difficult.
Using restorative crown lengthening, we can create more space so we can provide you with better crowns and fillings. Crown lengthening will also improve your smile and make it look more attractive.
Dr. Tieu will begin by reviewing your medical history. A dental exam will be performed to assess the presence of any abnormalities and the portion of the tooth under the gums. Since it’s impossible to see under the gums, dental x-rays are useful. They can show us your teeth and jawbones. A dental x-ray can go a long way in helping us formulate a treatment plan.
After a local anesthetic is applied, we’ll use a laser to perform your crown lengthening procedure. You will remain comfortable while we work, and the laser minimizes tissue trauma. The use of a laser helps our patients recover faster and experience minimal to no discomfort. The entire procedure takes less than 15 minutes. We’ll explain everything to you before we begin working and make time to answer your questions.