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Crown Lengthening

A dental crown lengthening procedure is a surgical dental procedure performed by a periodontist or oral surgeon to expose more of the tooth structure by removing gum tissue and, in some cases, bone. This procedure is typically done when there is not enough tooth structure available to support a dental crown or restoration.

During the procedure, the dentist or oral surgeon will make small incisions in the gum tissue to access the underlying bone. They will then remove a small amount of gum tissue and, if necessary, reshape the bone to expose more of the tooth. This allows for proper placement of a dental crown or other dental restoration.

Dental crown lengthening may be performed for functional or aesthetic reasons. Functionally, it helps create enough space for a dental crown to be securely placed on the tooth, ensuring proper fit and function. Aesthetically, it can improve the appearance of a "gummy" smile by exposing more of the tooth structure

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After the procedure, the gum tissue is sutured back into place, and the area is allowed to heal. Proper oral hygiene and follow-up care are essential to ensure successful healing and long-term oral health.

Gingivectomy

A dental gingivectomy is a surgical procedure performed by a periodontist to remove or reshape gum tissue. It is typically done to treat gum disease or to improve the appearance of the gums.

During a gingivectomy, the dentist or periodontist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure the patient's comfort. They will then use a scalpel or laser to remove excess gum tissue or reshape the gums to create a more aesthetically pleasing gumline. The procedure may also involve removing any infected or diseased gum tissue.

A gingivectomy is often recommended for patients with severe gum disease, where the gums have receded or formed pockets that are difficult to clean. By removing the excess gum tissue, it becomes easier to maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent further progression of gum disease.

After the procedure, the patient may experience some discomfort or swelling, which can be managed with pain medication and proper oral care. It is important to follow the dentist's instructions for post-operative care to ensure proper healing. Overall, a dental gingivectomy can help improve the health and appearance of the gums, promoting better oral hygiene and a more confident smile.

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