A crown (sometimes called a cap) is an excellent way to cover and protect a tooth that has fractured or been damaged by decay. But sometimes, the damage extends below the level of the bone that surrounds the tooth. There isn’t sufficient tooth structure remaining to support a crown.
Previously, such extensive damage would mean that the tooth would be lost. But today, by performing a procedure called crown lengthening, we can build up the tooth structure so it can support a crown, and save the tooth.
First, we thoroughly numb the entire area. Then we make small incisions and gently pull back the gum tissue to expose the surface of the bone. We reshape some of the bone that surrounds the tooth, then carefully replace the gum tissue and stitch it in place After a few weeks of healing, we may additionally build up the tooth using a post or pins and a buildup material. The final step is placing a crown to cover and protect the damaged tooth. The crown restores your damaged tooth to normal health, appearance and chewing function.
Healthy gums cling tightly to the necks of your teeth. But sometimes, gums become infected due to periodontal disease. Your gums pull away from the tooth surface in response to the infection, creating deep pockets around your teeth.
The destructive bacteria that cause periodontal disease thrive in these deepened pockets. To eliminate this bacterial “breeding ground,” one of the options we recommend is a gingivectomy. This is a surgical procedure in which we trim away unhealthy gum tissue to reduce the pocket size and restore health to your teeth and gums. Once the procedure is completed, healthy gum tissue will be able to grow back.
The first thing we will do is make sure the affected area in your mouth is thoroughly numb. Then we make a small incision and remove the infected gum tissue. We’ll then put a soft, puttylike substance over your gum line to protect your gums as they heal. After a few weeks, the area will be completely healed. Your gums will have regained their natural, healthy appearance, and your periodontal health will be greatly improved.
We provide all dental services, including periodontal surgery, to residents in Seminole, Largo, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding areas. For more information, call us at 727-393-9334.
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