Crown lengthening, when required is something that many have to think about whether or not they want to have it done. If they do not, they may risk having to have the tooth that is under the gum removed.
This is because they cannot leave it there for a length of time since this can cause it to break down and decay, causing pain and infection inside the mouth.
When the lengthening is required, it is to place a crown on the tooth that is otherwise hidden by the gums.
Downsides to Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening can cause problems in the mouth that are oftentimes spoken about before you go through the procedure to ensure that you understand any and all of the risks associated with this procedure.
Generally, the procedure is a common easy one, so there are little to no risks to really worry about. As with other surgeries, infection and pain at the site are common.
These are general side effects that can be expected, but the dentist will prescribe pain medications, as well as infection control medications if they feel you have a high risk of developing one.
Other downsides are that the tooth that was lengthened can look longer than the other teeth around it. This is purely cosmetic however, and it does not affect the way that the tooth works as compared to the others around it. It may also be more sensitive to hot and cold items that it comes into contact with.
For even more information regarding crown lengthening and the oral aspects of it, speak with our office today. We can provide you with even more information regarding the procedure and what you can expect from it.
We want to ensure that you're happy in the end with the lengthening being done, but also that you know what to expect as side effects.