Overland Park Crown Lengthening

At Ward Periodontics, Dr. Ward specializes in periodontal treatment, including crown lengthening in Overland Park. Crown lengthening can be used to reshape your gums and restore your smile or provide enough tooth structure for a crown or other dental prosthetic. With our gentle methods and communicative approach, you can rest assured that the results of your crown lengthening will be beautiful.

What Is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is used to reshape the gums at the base of your tooth. This allows Dr. Ward to expose more of the surface of your tooth or adjust the bone level of the tooth in order to extend its height or size above the gumline. This procedure is often used to prepare for the placement of a dental crown or veneer, to ensure that the dental prosthetic has enough tooth material to which it can be bonded. It can also be used to remove excess gum tissue and reshape your smile to provide a more aesthetically-appealing appearance.

Common Reasons for Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening can be used for a number of reasons. Some of the most common include:

  • A short or misshapen tooth
  • Severe tooth decay below your gum line
  • A tooth that has fractured or broken beneath the gum line

Reshaping the gums and exposing more of the tooth can make it possible to treat your tooth with a veneer or a crown and provide you with a more even, natural, and pleasing smile. Even if your teeth are healthy, crown lengthening may be recommended if you have a “gummy” smile that makes your teeth look short and unappealing. By reshaping the gums, more of the tooth can be exposed, creating a more beautiful, attractive smile.

What to Expect

The crown lengthening procedure usually takes less than an hour. First, your gums and teeth will be cleaned to eliminate oral bacteria. Then, Dr. Ward will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. Sedation is also available if you feel it would make you more comfortable during your treatment. Next, Dr. Ward’s uses specialized tools to expose more of the crown, and your gum line is adjusted to look more symmetrical and provide a more pleasing appearance.

Learn More About Crown Lengthening at Ward Periodontics

If you’re interested in the benefits of crown lengthening and think that it may be right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ward today. At Ward Periodontics, we specialize in gum care and advanced gum surgery in Overland Park. We can help you understand the benefits of crown lengthening, and determine if it’s right for you. Get started by booking online, or give us a call at (913) 563-7400. You can also stop by our office at 12701 Metcalf Ave., Suite 200, Overland Park, Kansas.