Crown Lengthening in Wichita KS

Welcome to Implant & Perio Center of Kansas. Under the expert care of Dr. Marq J. Sams, we specialize in a variety of periodontal procedures, including crown lengthening. This treatment can be transformative for both your dental health and the aesthetics of your smile. Here, we provide you with a comprehensive guide to understanding crown lengthening, its benefits, and what you can expect from the procedure.

What is Crown Lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure performed primarily by a periodontist to expose more of the dental crown, the part of a tooth that is usually covered by the gum. There are two main types of crown lengthening: esthetic and functional.

Esthetic Crown Lengthening is often used to correct a “gummy” smile, where the gums cover too much of the teeth, resulting in a smile that appears short or disproportionate. This procedure reshapes the gum line to expose more of the teeth, enhancing the harmony and balance of the smile.

Functional Crown Lengthening is necessary when there isn’t enough tooth exposed above the gum line to support a restorative device such as a crown or bridge. This may be due to teeth being broken below the gum line or decay being present deep beneath the gum line. The procedure involves adjusting the levels of gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question to provide adequate space for the placement of a high-quality dental restoration.

Benefits of Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening serves multiple purposes and offers several advantages:

  • Enhanced Oral Health: By exposing more of the tooth and reducing gum pockets, crown lengthening helps in reducing periodontal pockets where harmful bacteria can accumulate, thus preventing decay and periodontal diseases.
  • Aesthetic Improvements: Especially for those with a gummy smile, crown lengthening can dramatically enhance the aesthetics of their smile by creating a more balanced look. This can boost self-confidence and improve overall satisfaction with one’s appearance.
  • Enables Dental Restorations: In cases where a tooth is severely decayed, broken below the gumline, or has insufficient structure for restoration, crown lengthening can adjust the gum and bone level to make the restoration possible. This ensures that dental crowns, bridges, and other restorations have enough tooth structure for proper attachment, which is crucial for the longevity and stability of the restoration.

The Crown Lengthening Procedure

The crown lengthening procedure is meticulously planned and executed to ensure optimal results with minimal discomfort. Here’s an expanded look at the process:

  1. Initial Consultation and Planning: The procedure begins with a detailed examination, including X-rays or 3D imaging to assess the anatomy of your teeth and jawbone. Dr. Sams will discuss your specific needs and explain the procedure, including any risks and benefits.
  2. Preparation: On the day of the procedure, the area will be numbed using local anesthesia to ensure comfort throughout the surgery. Sedation options may also be available for patients with dental anxiety.
  3. Surgical Procedure: Dr. Sams will make small incisions in the gum tissue to pull it away from the teeth, exposing the underlying bone if necessary. In functional crown lengthening, small amounts of bone around the roots of the teeth may also need to be removed to ensure a proper fit for a dental crown.
  4. Reshaping the Gum Line: For esthetic crown lengthening, the gum line is carefully sculpted to achieve a more pleasing contour that enhances the smile’s appearance.
  5. Closure: Once the adequate amount of tooth is exposed, the gums will be washed with sterile saline and sutured into place. In some cases, a bandage may be applied to protect the area.
  6. Healing and Recovery: The healing process is generally quick, with gums usually healing within three to four weeks. However, it can take three to six months for the bone and gums to fully settle into their new positions.

Throughout the procedure, every effort is made to ensure patient comfort and safety, employing advanced techniques and technology to enhance precision and reduce recovery time.

Recovery and Aftercare

Recovery following crown lengthening is crucial to ensure the best possible outcome. Dr. Sams and our team at Implant & Perio Center of Kansas are committed to providing detailed aftercare instructions and support throughout your healing process. Here’s what you can expect and some tips to aid your recovery:

  1. Post-Procedure Care:
    • Immediately after the procedure, you’ll need to rest and limit any vigorous physical activity for the next 24-48 hours to minimize bleeding and swelling.
    • Ice packs can be applied to the cheek near the affected area to help reduce swelling.
    • You will be advised to stick to soft foods and avoid hot beverages and spicy foods for the first few days.
  2. Oral Hygiene:
    • Good oral hygiene is essential but be gentle around the surgical site. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and avoid brushing the gums directly where the surgery was performed.
    • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and soothe the gums.
  3. Follow-Up Visits:
    • Dr. Sams will schedule follow-up visits to monitor your healing and remove any sutures, if necessary. These visits are crucial to ensure that your recovery is progressing as expected.
  4. Medications:
    • You may be prescribed pain relievers and possibly antibiotics to prevent infection. It is important to follow the prescription directions closely.

By following these guidelines, most patients experience a smooth and quick recovery, ready to enjoy the benefits of their newly contoured gums.

Potential Risks and Complications

While crown lengthening is a safe procedure, as with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications:

  1. Swelling and Bleeding:
    • Some swelling and minor bleeding are normal but usually subside within a few days after the procedure.
  2. Infection:
    • While rare, there is a risk of infection. Signs of infection include persistent swelling, redness, and discharge. Any signs of infection should be reported to our office immediately.
  3. Sensitivity:
    • Teeth may become temporarily more sensitive to temperature changes due to the newly exposed tooth surfaces. This typically diminishes over time, and desensitizing toothpaste can help.
  4. Gum Recession:
    • In some cases, the gums may recede over time, exposing more of the tooth’s root. This can affect aesthetics and cause sensitivity.

Dr. Sams is skilled at minimizing risks and managing any complications efficiently should they arise, ensuring a safe and successful outcome for every patient.

Why Choose Our Practice?

Choosing the right periodontist for crown lengthening is crucial, and here’s why Implant & Perio Center of Kansas, led by Dr. Marq J. Sams, is an excellent choice:

  1. Expertise and Experience:
    • Dr. Marq J. Sams is not only highly qualified but also has years of experience in periodontics and dental implants. He uses advanced surgical techniques that enhance the precision of every procedure.
  2. State-of-the-Art Technology:
    • Our practice is equipped with the latest in dental technology, which allows for more accurate diagnostics and efficient treatments, resulting in better outcomes and a more comfortable experience for our patients.
  3. Patient-Centric Approach:
    • We believe in a patient-centered approach, where each treatment plan is tailored to meet the individual needs and preferences of our patients. We take the time to listen to your concerns and address them thoroughly.
  4. Comprehensive Care:
    • We offer a range of periodontal and implant services under one roof, making it convenient for patients to receive comprehensive care in a familiar and comfortable setting.
  5. Commitment to Education:
    • Dr. Sams and our team are committed to staying at the forefront of periodontal research and techniques, participating in continuing education and training that benefit our patients.

By choosing our practice, you entrust your smile to a team that is dedicated to excellence in periodontal care and your overall well-being. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!

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Meet Dr. Sams

Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As a dental professional, I stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for my patients.

As a doctor, I recognize that my patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in me and my team. That is just one reason why I value each and every patient relationship.

I appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about this dental practice, my team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.

Don’t hesitate to call me for any questions that you may have! Schedule an appointment with us today!

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