What Is A Crown Lengthening?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013, 4:52 pm

You’ve been told that you need a crown lengthening procedure, but what does that mean?Wilbanks Smile Center explains a crown lengthening procedure.

Your teeth are the only part of the body that penetrates the skin (or gums in this case). There is a fibrous barrier that forms from the gums and attaches to the tooth – this is called the biologic width and provides a seal that keeps bacteria from entering the bloodstream.

A crown lengthening is a procedure that lowers this biologic seal so that a damaged tooth can be fully restored. For example, if a cavity is very deep or part of a tooth is broken below this seal then a crown lengthening procedure is down to reposition the biologic seal so that it will be safely away from the filling or the margins of a dental crown. Without this procedure gum disease will also develop at the site leading to even more bacteria potentially entering the body. Crown lengthening is an extremely common procedure and you will be completely comfortable throughout.

The human mouth is a complex system and keeping it healthy is  necessary to ensure better overall health. Patients at Wilbanks Smile Center know that prevention and education are a key part of the care we provide. Educating our patients and joining together with them in a “team” approach to oral health care helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay and other oral health problems. Join our team approach by contacting Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-886-9439 today to schedule your visit.

 

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