If you want a bigger, more brilliant smile, you may want to find out if crown lengthening would be the best procedure for you. It can be done for both restorative reasons, and for cosmetic reasons, but it will leave you with a more brilliant smile than when you started. You can also have better oral health if you get it done. The procedure takes only a little bit of time, and the results are instant. It may be one that you should speak with us about, since it can give you such a drastic improvement in the smile you show the world.
What Exactly Is Crown Lengthening?
When you look in the mirror and smile, what do you see? Do you see more gums than teeth? If so, you may be the ideal candidate for a crown lengthening procedure. This procedure removes excess gum tissue, exposing more of the crown of your tooth, which is where the name came from. It allows you to have a brighter smile because more of each tooth shows when you do smile. You can have this procedure done to just one tooth if only one seems to have more gum tissue than the rest. Alternately, you can also have this done to numerous teeth or your entire mouth. It is up to you and the experts here at Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry to figure out what is best for your situation.
During the procedure, you will get some of the excess gum tissue removed. You will also have the bone that holds that specific tooth reshaped so that it can better hold your tooth in place with the new gum structure. You will not feel anything during the procedure, as the area is totally numb before anything begins. It can also be done with the help of oral sedation, if you want a little extra reassurance. This procedure is quite common, and is done for a wide variety of reasons. If it is brought up to you as a potential option, it is important you find out what the goal of it is for you.
Why Would One Need to Get Crown Lengthening?
There are two main reasons to get crown lengthening. The first is purely cosmetic. If you want to see more of your teeth and less of your gums, then crown lengthening is the only way to be able to do that. By removing some of the excess gum tissue, you show off more of your teeth and get a brighter smile out of it. This is common, and can go a long way towards giving you a smile you can be proud to show off.
The other reason that people get crown lengthening done is to help restore their oral health. When you have a tooth that broke below the gum line, you need to remove some of that gum tissue to restore the tooth. The same goes if your tooth had decay on it. The only way to restore that tooth is to remove a bit of that extra gum tissue with a crown lengthening procedure, and expose more of the tooth. Most tooth restoration procedures require at least 2 millimeters of tooth surface to attach the restoration to. If there is not at least those 2 millimeters of healthy tooth, the tooth may not be able to be restored, leaving you to face the effects that come with an extraction.
Are There Any Downsides or Risks of Crown Lengthening?
There are a few downsides of having crown lengthening done, but none of them are big if you do everything you can to care for your mouth after the procedure. First, you may have some discomfort. This can easily be managed by taking a schedule of over the counter pain relievers to keep the inflammation down. If the pain gets to be more than what over the counter medications can assist with, call us to find out about more powerful medication.
Second, your mouth will be swollen for a little while after the procedure. So long as you are following the post-op instructions we gave you, then this will go down in a few days. It is very important that you do the salt water rinses and keep your mouth clean immediately following the procedure. You can go back to work typically the day after having crown lengthening performed. However, you still need to be careful to eat soft foods for an extra day or two.
Finally, there is a risk for infection with crown lengthening. The risk is quite low if you keep your mouth clean. That is why we tell you how to maintain your oral hygiene routine after the procedure is done. If you go through and brush gently, floss, and rinse, then in 1-2 weeks, your gums should be healed, and you should ready to show your smile off to the world.
Turn to Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry When You Want Crown Lengthening
When you decide that crown lengthening is something you want to find out more about, then it is important that you talk to us. We can help explain the procedure to you, and give you an idea of what your smile will look like when the procedure is complete. It is a very common procedure we perform regularly. We can explain the benefits that could come along with having the procedure done in detail if you want to know about them. Whether you are choosing crown lengthening for cosmetic or restorative purposes, we can help. Just give us a call here at Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry today, and let us work with you to help you get the healthy, brilliant smile you were hoping for.
To get that big, contagious smile that others cannot help but smile back at when you show it, there are a few procedures you can have done. By turning to the experts at Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, you can explore your options. Call (972)462-9800 today, and let us see if the right procedure for you is crown lengthening.
Dental Implants materials—what are they made of?
You probably have heard of dental implants. They’re among the most versatile equipment available to restorative dentist practices, such as Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. They come handy in replacing missing teeth and restoring a natural, healthy smile. This is vital because gaps can cause a shift in the rest of your teeth. They can also result in severe bite issues from crooked teeth.
But the question is what is a dental implant made of? What do we mean by dental implant materials? Let’s explore what makes up the best dental implant materials used in today’s dental implant world.
The most common types of dental implant materials
For so many years, virtually all dental implants were derived from one material called titanium. But with the advent of technology, more and more dental implants are now made from different dental implant materials. These materials have seen extensive research, critically considering the physical and chemical properties that affect their clinical applications. Such properties include the microstructure and the surface composition of an implant. Preferably, dental implant materials should appear biocompatible. They should also be resistant to both corrosion and fracturing.
Dental implant materials can consist of titanium or zirconium material design. Notwithstanding the dental implant materials, they must be sturdy and robust. The strength of the dental implant materials and its design must remain compatible with physical property.
Below are the common types of dental implant materials used in making dental implants today.
What makes some dental implant materials better than others?
As discussed earlier, the two primary dental implant materials are titanium and zirconia. Each of these two dental implant materials has their unique features.
For instance, titanium has been tested and provided a high success rate in both medical and dental procedures. Its versatility set it apart from the zirconia. As a metal, titanium has been the first choice in all forms of bone and plate implant. Millions of patients have reaped the benefits of titanium.
Below are reasons why titanium remains better than zirconia as the most efficient dental implant materials in history.
If you are still not sure what dental implant materials to use, we can help you. At Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we can take you through the pros and cons. Call us at (971) 462-9800.
What are dental crowns?
There are times when teeth need to be extracted. For instance, if your teeth are suffering from massive decay, it has to be extracted and repaired using crowns. Now, this might have got you wondering; what are dental crowns?
Dental crowns, which are also known as caps are used for covering misshapen or decayed teeth. They are very helpful in restoring the tooth size, shape, and proper functioning. Dental crowns have the power to restore the beauty of your decayed or chipped teeth through the process of placing porcelain, a metal shell, or gold over the affected tooth or teeth. However, like your teeth, taking care of your crowns is very essential, if you want it to stay healthy and functional for years to come.
At Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we just don’t take care of your teeth; we take care of your smile also. Quality oral health is critical to your overall health and your sense of self-confidence. We can help you: call us at (972) 462-9800.
Do you have temporary crowns? Here are helpful tips for taking care of your crowns
If you are visiting us for the first time at Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, the help we render in taking care of your crowns will include an examination of your tooth, creating its impression, and where necessary, placing a temporary crown. A temporary crown is to help in preserving the tooth until placement of a permanent crown is complete.
Typically, the process will take 2 to 3 weeks to complete a turn-around time. This temporary crown needs to be cared for with all due diligence. Here are tips to ensure you are taking care of your crowns.
Permanent Crowns: here is how to ensure you are taking care of your crowns permanently
After we have provided you with a final crown at Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we strongly advise you follow the same rules mentioned earlier when taking care of your crowns temporarily. This is more important during the first period after the placement. That is, you should avoid eating or chewing hard object, refrain from biting with force, use floss and brush your teeth gently. During the week, make sure you rinse your mouth with warm and salted water. If you feel any form of hypersensitivity after the procedure, get yourself some over-the-counter pain relievers, especially if a tooth below the crown has a nerve, which will cause you to feel sensitivity towards cold or hot for a while.
At Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry, we recommend some rules you can follow to ensure you are permanently taking care of your crowns after recovery. Here they are:
How Walker Periodontics & Implant Dentistry (972) 462-9800 helps in taking care of your crowns
Stephen S. Walker, D.D.S., M.S.
Dr. Walker is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Periodontology. He grew up in Dallas and attended Baylor College of Dentistry. While at Baylor, he was a member of the Odontological Honors Society and was selected to receive the Oral Biology Award and Merritt-Parks Award in Periodontics.