When Crown Lengthening is Recommended

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Crown lengthening involves the removal of gum tissue to expose more of the crown, or the visible portion of a tooth. This treatment can be performed for cosmetic or restorative purposes.

Aesthetic Crown Lengthening

A smile can become less attractive if the gums extend too far over the teeth. This is clinically known as a gummy smile. In some cases, gum coverage may be inconsistent from tooth to tooth, also. Both of these situations can be resolved with crown lengthening that can make gum coverage consistent across the entire smile.

Crown Lengthening Before Restorative Treatment

Our periodontists in Los Angeles may also perform crown lengthening to access and treat any hidden tooth decay. When this is done, a gum flap is created so that the tissue can be sutured back into place once treatment is complete. Failure to access deep decay this way would make extraction necessary for many more cases.

Overall, crown lengthening is valuable for improving appearance and saving teeth affected by decay well beneath the gum line. Afterwards, patients are able to maintain healthy teeth and gums more easily through brushing and flossing. Patients can learn more about this procedure when scheduling a consultation with our expert in crown lengthening in Los Angeles.

Steps in Root Canal Therapy

Steps in Root Canal TherapyThe pulp inside of a tooth can become infected as a result of extreme tooth decay or outside trauma, but if persistent pain develops within a tooth, prompt treatment from our expert in root canal therapy in Los Angeles is vital in saving the tooth. An infected root canal can cause a patient severe pain, and it could lead to the surrounding tissues becoming infected as well. If you display any of the symptoms of an infected root canal, come see our endodontists right away.

Our expert will begin the procedure by taking X-rays of your mouth in order to determine the location and severity of the infection. Once it is determined that you have infected tooth pulp, our dentist will anesthetize the area. Then our dentist will drill a hole through your tooth so that the infected pulp can be extracted. Once the pulp has been removed, the affected area will be cleaned and sealed off to prevent another infection from developing. If a majority of the tooth needed to be removed, our dentist may put a crown over your tooth in order to restore its function and appearance.

If you have any questions or concerns about the root canal treatment process, feel free to talk to our experts.