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Reasons To Consider Crown Lengthening

Crown Lengthening

If you find the words “crown lengthening” a bit confusing, you’re not alone. And learning it involves teeth doesn’t necessarily help either.

However, crown lengthening is a common periodontal procedure. It involves removing some gum and bone tissue. But why?

Dr. Caesar Sweidan and Dr. Laura Smith use a non-invasive, comfortable approach for crown lengthening at Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants in Gulfport, Mississippi.  

In this blog, Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith explain two reasons to consider this procedure and what to expect at their practice.

1. Smile enhancement

Everyone wants a stunning smile, but few people are born with one. 

However, smile flaws go beyond crooked teeth, gaps, or alignment issues. They can also occur because of too much gum tissue, an uneven gumline, or short teeth.

Crown lengthening can address these imperfections by removing and evening out excess tissue. The process leaves more to the visible and creates the picture-perfect smile you’ve been dreaming of.

2. Tooth restoration

In addition to enhancing your smile, Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith use crown lengthening to treat and restore teeth with specific issues.

Breaks and decay

It’s common practice to place a dental crown on top of a tooth with damage or decay. 

However, if the break or cavity lies near or below the gum line, crown lengthening to access the area could be required.


Another dental issue that can require crown lengthening is a tooth that is too weak for restoration. 

In these cases, Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith can expose more of the tooth to secure a protective crown in place.

Correcting restorations

Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith use crown lengthening treatment to fix dental restorations that impinge on nearby gum tissue.

What to expect from crown lengthening

The prospect of having gum and bone tissue removed can seem daunting. 

However, Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith use a laser to perform the procedure, creating a non-invasive, comfortable approach. This gives you the same results as the traditional procedure without pain and downtime.

Our laser crown lengthening treatments also come with greater precision and control, resulting in better bone and gum balance. And, since the laser naturally encourages blood clotting and seals blood vessels, there’s minimal bleeding.

After your treatment, you can go home to rest and return to regular activity within a day or two. However, Dr. Sweidan and Dr. Smith send you home with special care instructions for your mouth to support the healing process, like using a prescription mouth rinse and soft-bristled toothbrush.

If you had crown lengthening prior to a tooth restoration procedure, it can begin once your gums fully heal.

Could you benefit from crown lengthening? Contact Gulf Coast Periodontics & Implants to schedule a visit with Dr. Sweidan or Dr. Smith in Gulfport, Mississippi.

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