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Willamette Valley Periodontics

Crown Lengthening McMinnville OR

Close up of person pulling down lower lip to reveal their teeth and gumlineCrown lengthening is a quick dental surgery aimed at promoting the well-being of your teeth and gums. This procedure involves the removal of excess gum tissue that may be protruding around a tooth. By strategically making simple incisions, our periodontist, Dr. Graser can expose more of the tooth, extending its visible length. This elimination of overhanging tissue not only diminishes the risk of decay but also aids in combatting gum disease while making more of the tooth available for prosthetic fitting.

The need for crown lengthening arises when a patient has surplus gum tissue extending over the tooth, or when access to a covered portion of the tooth is necessary for various reasons. Collaborating with our dental team here at Willamette Valley Periodontics, we will assess your dental and periodontal requirements and provide recommendations for optimal oral health, which may include the option of crown lengthening.

Reasons for Crown Lengthening

Dr. Graser may suggest this straightforward, in-office procedure for two primary reasons:
•  Overhanging Gum Tissue: Commonly referred to as a "gummy smile," a patient with low-hanging gum tissue faces potential aesthetic concerns. Beyond appearance, Dr. Graser emphasizes the associated oral health issues. Excessive gum tissue creates hiding spaces for bacteria, making it challenging to remove trapped food particles and plaque. Allowing bacteria to thrive can lead to decay and gum disease.
•  Uncover More of the Tooth Structure: Access to additional tooth structure may be necessary for prosthetic attachment, such as dental crowns, bridges, or partial dentures. Alternatively, hidden decay or fractures can be revealed through crown lengthening.

The Crown Lengthening Procedure

Before commencing this minimally invasive procedure, we will discuss your periodontal needs to ensure your comfort. Local anesthesia can be administered, and conscious sedation is available if needed, or for multiple concurrent dental procedures. Once the patient is at ease, our specialist will meticulously perform a series of incisions, considering the natural transition between different areas of tissue to achieve a gradual, seamless appearance. Following completion, sutures will be used to close any exposed tissue, followed by an antibacterial wash to prevent infection.

The entire crown lengthening procedure usually takes less than one hour. Detailed care instructions, including signs of potential issues, are provided post-procedure. Any unusual bleeding or signs of infection should prompt immediate medical attention, followed by contacting our office for an appointment.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening with Willamette Valley Periodontics

Crown lengthening contributes to a healthier mouth. For additional information, reach out to Willamette Valley Periodontics at our office in McMinnville. Our front office staff is available to address your inquiries, schedule appointments, and offer further assistance.

Contact us today at (971) 261-1926!
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