CROWN LENGTHENING

 

This is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that involves surgically removing excess gum tissue so that a crown restoration may fully cover the tooth being restored. By exposing more of the tooth structure, the area increases for proper fitting of the crown restoration. Depending on treatment needs, part of the alveolar bone may need removing for more tooth surface coverage.

Dental Crowns

 

A dental ceramic crown or tooth cap is a tooth-shaped shell which encompasses a broken down tooth to reinforce it and provide structural strength to your damaged tooth. Ceramic or porcelain crowns also help restore a discoloured tooth. Metal ceramic crowns can be used to restore damaged teeth or dental implants. Dental crowns strengthen the remaining tooth structure and improves the tooth’s function and appearance. At Smile Hub Dental Clinic in Bayside Medical Centre our crowns are highly aesthetic and are fabricated using porcelain or ceramic. In back teeth which take extra force when biting your dentist in Smile Hub Dental Clinic may recommend a porcelain fused to metal crown or a zirconia crown.

 

At Smile Hub Dental Clinic the provision of a dental crown for our patients usually involves two visits. Our highly skilled dentists correctly shape your tooth and make an impression. The dental impression is then delivered to our highly skilled Irish lab specialists who fabricate your bespoke porcelain/ceramic crown for your tooth. Then you dentist in Smile Hub Dental Clinic will cement your crown in place over your tooth. Dental crowns are generally a long-lasting restoration once you ensure excellent oral hygiene and attend your dentist in Smile Hub Dental Clinic for 6 monthly reviews and professional dental cleanings.

 

At Smile Hub we only use the best materials and latest cutting edge technology for making our crowns. We use Irish laboratories which deliver the best quality crowns for our patients.  Please Call or Book Online now to schedule an appointment for a dental crown in Dublin today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a crown?

Crowns are a great way to rebuild teeth that have broken, or have been weakened by decay or a large filling. The crown sits over the remaining part of the tooth which makes it strong and gives the same shape as the natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes called caps.

Will the crown be noticeable?

No. In the first stage of crown treatment the dentist will use a shade guide to match the colour of the crown to the exact colour of the patient’s teeth. The crown is then fitted onto the remaining tooth and will sit in the natural shape of the original tooth.

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment of a crown usually takes two visits. In the first visit the dentist will prepare the tooth and take impressions to be sent off to the lab. A patient will also be fitted with a temporary crown until the next visit. The next appointment is a lot quicker and just involves fitting the permanent crown.

Does it hurt to have a tooth prepared for a crown?

No. Here at Smile Hub Dental Clinic we will use a local anaesthetic before any treatment and it would feel no different to having a filling. If the tooth has no nerve due to possible past root canal treatment and if there is a post crown than local anaesthetic may not be needed.

How long will a crown last?

The longevity of a crown all depends on how well it is cared for. If a crown is well looked after it can last from 10 to 30 years. Even though, the crown cannot decay, the edges where the tooth and crown meet can decay. It is crucial to keep the crown clean and coming for check-ups and cleanings regularly.

Suitability of Crown Lengthening

Crown lengthening is appropriate in cases of problems such as root fracture or perforation, presence of gum infection, or decay on the tooth root surface, and where insufficient crown length exists due to crown fracture or tooth damage.

Scenarios where crown lengthening may not be considered a suitable treatment include poor oral hygiene and/or gum infection, thin gum tissue, presence of long clinical crowns on front teeth, post-surgery un-restorable teeth, insufficient tooth root length, risk of molar root exposure post-crown lengthening and lifestyle factors, such as smoking, which increases the risk of oral disease.

What are the different options for Crown Lengthening?

There are different types of Crown Lengthening surgery and they include:

  • Gingivectomy, using laser gum surgery to remove excess gum tissue.
  • Pressured root eruption through surgery or Invisalign orthodontic treatment.
  • Apical repositioning through gum surgery with or without bone abridgement.

Patients also have the option of Conscious IV Sedation for greater relaxation during Crown Lengthening treatment. Patients with dental phobia particularly benefit from the calming atmosphere during surgery.

What are the Risks of Crown Lengthening Surgery?

Depending on the patient’s oral and overall health, they may be at lesser or higher risk during Crown Lengthening surgery. Clinicians are trained and experienced in minimising surgical risks for best patient outcomes.

Risks inherent within Crown Lengthening surgery include developing little black triangles between teeth, gum colour alteration, changing tooth movement, gum recession, root sensitivity and resorption. Rebounding gum tissue is another risk that is caused by genetic soft tissue growth between the gum and bone crest margin.

 

During discussion of the care plan, patients are informed of all risks, benefits and costs associated with Crown Lengthening surgery. Transparent about costs are essential to ensure there are no concealed charges.

Alternates to Crown Lengthening surgery are also discussed, such as tooth extrusion with Invisalign treatment and tooth extraction where dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots. Final crown restoration of the tooth is typically completed between 2 and 6 months after Crown Lengthening surgery.

Post Crown Lengthening Surgery Care

The clinician provides patients with guidelines on how best to care for their oral health after Crown Lengthening surgery. Recommended guidelines to follow include:

  • Minimum one-hour ice pack application to the face
  • Resting the mouth for at least three hours, followed by eating soft foods for the next 24 hours
  • Continue brushing and flossing after the three hours but exclude the treatment site
  • Being aware that temporary tenderness, swelling and bleeding may follow
  • Using prescribed painkillers, antibiotics and antibacterial mouthwash to reduce discomfort and lower risk of infection
  • Contacting the clinic with concerns or if pain persists
  • Attending a follow-up appointment within 10 to 14 days to monitor healing and remove sutures

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