Crown lengthening is a procedure in which Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche
gum tissue to expose a greater amount of the tooth. He does this by separating
the gums from the teeth using small incisions around the gums. This allows him
to have access to the tooth structures and even the jaw bone, if necessary.
Once the desired area of the tooth structure has been exposed, the doctor
cleans it before using sutures to close the surgical site. This simple
procedure can be used for two main reasons: esthetic crown lengthening or
functional crown lengthening.
Esthetic crown lengthening
is often completed to help
correct a gummy smile. This occurs
when the gums cover too much of the crown, making it seem smaller or shorter
than it should be. This can have a direct impact on a person’s smile and as a
result, their confidence level. Correcting the gums using crown lengthening can
help you have a more natural smile. In
some cases after excising gum tissue, the doctor must also reshape the bone in
the exposed areas to give the teeth a more natural appearance. The procedure is
also often used to prepare the mouth for additional cosmetic work.
Functional crown lengthening
is a surgical procedure that
may be required if you break a tooth below the gum line, or if a restoration requires
a greater amount of tooth structures to be exposed for proper support. The goal
of this type of procedure is to adjust the gum line to give Dr. Kharmouche the
room he needs to properly restore full function to the area. Like the esthetic
process, functional crown lengthening often requires the doctor to reshape the
bone so the restoration is properly supported, maintains full function in the
future and is not likely to loosen over time and become infected.
Contact Us Today
If you need a crown
lengthening in Sterling, VA, today is the best time to schedule anappointment
with Dr. Kharmouche. Contact us at 571-918-9634.
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