Crown Lengthening Procedure In Sterling VA

Crown Lengthening in Sterling, VA

Have you ever wanted a more attractive smile? Do your teeth appear too short? Or maybe you have a dental crown that is causing discomfort to your gums? 

Our dentists at PK Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Sterling can improve the look and function of your smile by removing excess gum tissue through a procedure called crown lengthening.

What is crown lengthening?

Crown lengthening is a dental procedure that involves gently adjusting the gumlines so that excessive tissue is removed and teeth look longer. More natural teeth are exposed by reshaping the gum line, which lengthens the teeth. However, crown lengthening exposes the existing teeth hidden below the gum line.

It’s a simple and easy treatment that will improve the health of your teeth and give you a beautiful smile.

Why do people have crown lengthening procedures done?

Crown lengthening is a standard procedure used for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. However, there are a few reasons why a patient may need crown lengthening surgery.

  • Restoring teeth damaged from periodontal disease: Periodontal disease is a severe condition that can cause trauma and tooth decay. If your teeth are broken or damaged beneath the gum line due to periodontal infections, your dentist may recommend crown lengthening as part of the process of repairing damaged teeth.
  • In preparation for dental crowns: If you need dental crowns but have extra gum tissue, there may not be enough tooth structure available to place the dental crown. In this case, your dentist will perform crown lengthening surgery to create enough tooth exposure to ensure the dental crown fits properly and comfortably. Crown lengthening may also be used if your existing dental crowns are causing discomfort or inflammation to the gum tissue.
  • To provide a more aesthetically pleasing smile: If you have short, “gummy” teeth, you may choose to have crown lengthening done to reshape your entire gum line and improve the appearance of your smile. In addition, for people who feel self-conscious about their smile, cosmetic procedures can help provide a more pleasing, confidence-boosting smile.

What does crown lengthening involve?

The procedure is done right here in our dental office in Sterling. Our doctor will use dental lasers to adjust the gum line and remove excess or damaging gum tissues. This surgical procedure is usually done under local anesthesia, and the procedure time will vary depending on how much work needs to be done. If you already have dental crowns, they will be removed for the process and then replaced immediately after.

After the procedure, our dentist may prescribe pain medication and an antimicrobial mouth rinse to prevent infection.

We work closely with all of our patients to ensure their comfort throughout the entire process. During your initial consultation, our dentist will go over each step, so you know what to expect and will answer any questions you have about this and any other restorative or cosmetic procedures you may need.

How much does crown lengthening cost?

Depending on how many teeth need to be corrected, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 for crown lengthening. Even if you only need lengthening on a single tooth (for a dental crown or another purpose), your dentist may need to reshape the gum line around neighboring teeth to provide uniformity. Additionally, if the underlying bone needs to be reshaped, the procedure may involve more work and be more expensive.

If your crown lengthening procedure is considered a medical necessity, your dental insurance may cover all or part of the treatment.

Where can I get crown lengthening in Sterling, VA?

If you need a dentist you can trust to perform crown lengthening surgery, our team here at PK Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is here to serve you. We’re committed to delivering personalized dental care for each of our patients in Sterling, VA. So to learn more about crown lengthening or how it can improve your oral health and your smile, give us a call today!