Prepare Your Teeth For Restorations
For patients looking to undergo a dental prosthesis like dental crowns or bridges, they must have sufficient tooth exposure to ensure a successful treatment. At Contemporary Dental Arts, Dr. Cooper offers pre-prosthetic crown lengthening to lengthen a patient’s crown so they can receive restorations with little issue. Read on to learn more about this procedure and how it may benefit your oral health.
What Is Pre-Prosthetic Crown Lengthening?
Pre-prosthetic crown lengthening consists of removing a portion of gum tissue from around “short” teeth to prepare them for restorative treatments like dental crowns and bridges. This simple surgical procedure can typically be completed in one visit to our San Jose office depending on your individual needs.
When Is Pre-Prosthetic Crown Lengthening Necessary?
Dr. Cooper may recommend pre-prosthetic crown lengthening to patients whose teeth are too “short” for certain dental restorations. Crown lengthening can create more space between the jawbone and tooth crowns, preventing your restorations from damaging your gum tissues.
We also offer esthetic crown lengthening at our San Jose office for your convenience. This versatile procedure can be used for several reasons. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooper to learn if you may benefit from crown lengthening.
The Pre-Prosthetic Crown Lengthening Process
You’ll first undergo an initial consultation with Dr. Cooper to determine if pre-prosthetic crown lengthening is right for you. He’ll perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth and gums to learn if you’ll benefit from crown lengthening. He may also meticulously clean your teeth beforehand to remove any built-up plaque or bacteria.
Dr. Cooper will begin the procedure by administering a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain while he works. Once the numbness has set in, he’ll make several small incisions in the soft gum tissue surrounding the targeted teeth. He’ll remove a small amount of this tissue to make room for a dental prosthesis.
Finally, he’ll suture your gums with small stitches to begin the healing process. The typical recovery time for crown lengthening procedures is about three months, though this depends on several factors.
Learn How Dr. Cooper Can Help Restore Your Smile
Pre-prosthetic crown lengthening is a simple and effective procedure that can help prepare your teeth for the necessary restorative treatments. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooper, call our San Jose office at (408) 253-4150. You can also request an appointment online by filling out our convenient contact form.