about crown lengthening
Dr. Michaela Tozzi, DMD is a leading Las Vegas dentist who provides cosmetic and advanced dental care, such as crown lengthening to enhance the look and health of your smile. Crown lengthening may be a confusing term to some since it sounds like it involves making the tooth longer. A more precise term would be crown exposure because gum tissue is removed to reveal more of the enamel. You might consider crown lengthening for cosmetic reasons if you'd like to fix a "gummy" smile. It could also be performed if not enough of your enamel is visible to support a filling, crown, or another restoration. To get more information, schedule a consultation at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV.
Best Candidates for Crown Lengthening
Candidates for crown lengthening are in good overall health, particularly when it comes to the gums. Issues, like gum (periodontal) disease, might have to be addressed before crown lengthening can be performed. Most frequently, crown lengthening is performed for aesthetic reasons to fix a "gummy" smile. In such instances, excess gum tissue can be eliminated to balance the ratio of gum tissue to enamel and offer you a more proportionate-looking gumline. However, crown lengthening may also be needed to complete a dental restoration. Dr. Tozzi might want to reveal more of your tooth to properly place a bridge, crown, or filling.
crown lengthening treatment
Before the procedure starts, local anesthesia is applied to the target area to minimize your discomfort. An additional sedative may also be incorporated to help keep you calm and relaxed during your procedure. During your initial consultation, talk to our team about your concerns and dental anxieties so we can review all of your sedation options. Once you are prepped, Dr. Tozzi will gradually remove excess gum tissue to reveal more of your teeth. Your gumline will also be contoured to create a sculpted and natural appearance. Once Dr. Tozzi has finished, she will have you close and rinse your mouth with a special dental solution.
after crown lengthening
Following your procedure, your mouth may be sore and inflamed, but these sensations are normal and can be eased with a cold compress. Dr. Tozzi may also provide a prescription for antibiotics or pain relievers to aid in your healing process. To help keep you more comfortable, we recommend that you keep to a soft or liquid food diet for a few days while your mouth heals. You should also take great care when brushing or flossing. Be gentle on your gums as they will be tender. Our office will set up a follow-up appointment so Dr. Tozzi can monitor your progress and make sure there aren't any complications.
Crown Lengthening Insurance Coverage
The cost for a crown lengthening procedure will differ, depending on why it is being performed. Dental insurance companies may cover a portion of the cost in some scenarios, but they might not. In any event, our financial team will get in touch with your provider to determine what your out-of-pocket costs will be prior to discussing your choices for payment. If you do not have insurance, we can help estimate your costs and give you information on low-interest medical financing that may help to make your treatment more affordable.
enhance your smile
To transform your smile or restore your mouth, learn more information on crown lengthening treatments at Michaela Tozzi, DMD in Henderson, NV. By removing gum tissue, you can enhance the look of a "gummy" smile or prepare your teeth for a dental restoration. If you live in or near Las Vegas, NV, schedule a consultation with Dr. Tozzi to decide if you're a candidate for cosmetic or restorative crown lengthening. We look forward to meeting you.