Crown front lengthening, ...
 
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A crown (sometimes called a cap) is an excellent way to cover and protect a tooth that has fractured or been damaged by decay. But sometimes, the damage extends below the level of the bone that surrounds the tooth. There isn't sufficient tooth structure remaining to support a crown.
Previously, such extensive damage would mean that the tooth would be lost. But today, by performing a procedure called crown lengthening, we can build up the tooth structure so it can support a crown, and save the tooth.


Reshaping the bone

The procedure
First, we thoroughly numb the entire area. Then we make small incisions and gently pull back the gum tissue to expose the surface of the bone. We reshape some of the bone that surrounds the tooth, then carefully replace the gum tissue and stitch it in place.

After a few weeks of healing, we may additionally build up the tooth using a post or pins and a buildup material. The final step is placing a crown to cover and protect the damaged tooth. The crown restores your damaged tooth to normal health, appearance and chewing function.


The tooth is built up
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