Functional Crown Lengthening by a Cosmetic Dentist in Stuart, FL
Functional crown lengthening is performed as part of a restoration procedure. When a tooth breaks below the surface, for example, functional crown lengthening is employed to uncover and extract fragments of the broken tooth while preparing the foundation for a future restoration. , an experienced cosmetic dentist in Stuart, FL, performs the functional crown lengthening procedure to prepare your tooth for the restoration needed to restore your smile when:
- A tooth is broken or fractured beneath the gum line
- Decay is present but not accessible from above the gum line
- Additional space is needed between a restoration and the jaw bone
When a tooth is not accessible from above the gum line due to a break or fracture, crown lengthening is utilized to ready a tooth for a crown, bridge, or large filling. Also, if your tooth is decayed under the gum line, crown lengthening can allow Dr. DeTure and Dr. Follweiler to provide access to the deep cavity in an effort to save your tooth.
In some cases, new crowns could cause damage to gum tissue when there is not sufficient space between the restoration and jaw bone. Crown lengthening can provide the required space to maintain the health of your gum tissue and bone.
What Can I Expect From the Procedure?
After administering a local anesthetic, Dr. DeTure and Dr. Follweiler will make incisions in the gum tissue to provide access and visibility to the treatment site. Your gum line and the bone underneath may need to be lowered, as well. Tooth, bone, and gum tissue will be reshaped to accommodate a future dental restoration. Dr. DeTure and Dr. Follweiler will rinse the site clean of any bone fragments and suture the gum tissue closed. A bandage may be used to protect the sutures during the initial healing process. The site will be completely healed and ready for the placement of your restoration within six to eight weeks.
Functional crown lengthening is often the only way to provide a means of restoring a severely damaged tooth. For your crown lengthening consultation, call Dr. DeTure and Dr. Follweiler in Stuart, FL and schedule your appointment today.