Crown Lengthening in Midtown NYC
Before and after cosmetic crown lengthening to improve a gummy smile by makng the teeth look longer and the gums smaller
Crown lengthening is a very common procedure and is usually quick and painless. The procedure can be performed with local anesthesia and when using a laser, often does not require stitches. There are two types of crown lengthening. One is called functional crown lengthening and the other is called esthetic crown lengthening. In cases of functional crown lengthening, the dentist can put a temporary crown on the teeth and then the periodontist will use that as a marker for how much bone and/or gum tissue needs to be removed to make the tooth crown long-lasting. In cases of esthetic crown lengthening, a wax model or digital model can be used to guide the periodontist on how to shape the gums or correct the gummy smile. In many instances the time of the procedure can be 30-60 minutes and the healing time is usually a few days.
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