Functional Crown Lengthening in Hendersonville, Asheville & Brevard, NC
In order to improve the oral health and appearance of the teeth and gums, Dr. Glenn J. Shefter and Dr. Greg S. Fertik, periodontists in the Asheville, NC region, often perform periodontal plastic surgery, which is a form of cosmetic dentistry.
Functional Crown Lengthening
In certain cases, patients seeking a cosmetic periodontal surgery or restorative procedure, such as a dental crown or bridge, will first need to have a functional crown lengthening procedure. In such situations, it is usually because the teeth are badly decayed, damaged or broken beyond the gum line, or too weak or incapable of supporting a restoration in their current state.
Functional crown lengthening is a type of periodontal surgery that decreases the gum line and bone around the teeth to reveal more tooth root surface. The gum line is essentially trimmed and then reshaped, along with bone, so that the dental crown, bridge, or other cosmetic restoration can be properly accommodated and supported.
How it Works
Before having periodontal surgery, the gums are numbed with a local anesthetic to avoid discomfort during the procedure. Minor incisions are made in the gum line in order to separate the gum tissue from the teeth and reshape it. A little bit of bone is also removed. After the required amount of tissue is removed, the incisions are sterilized, stitched and bandaged. Now the gums will begin to reattach and heal. Patients will visit us again in about a week or two for a follow up examination and suture removal. Complete healing takes about six to eight weeks. After that, the area should be ready to support a restoration.
If you have damaged teeth and are ready for a high quality restoration, consider cosmetic periodontal surgery with Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik, periodontists in the Asheville, NC region. Call us
today for your friendly, personalized consultation.