On occasion, a tooth fracture below the gum line is impossible to restore without the removal of gum and, perhaps, a small amount of bone.
This procedure may be done for dental care and medical reasons as well as cosmetic purposes. If Dr. Goldberg finds decay or a fracture under the gum line, for example, crown lengthening can help expose more of the tooth’s crown in order to support a filling or restoration.
Crown lengthening is done under local anesthesia, so as the numbing effect wears off, you may feel some discomfort along your new gum line. You will most likely be prescribed pain medication, so it is important to let us know what other medications you are already taking. Usually, a follow-up appointment will be needed to check the healing process and remove any stitches.