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How crown lengthening from your general and cosmetic dentists in Madison, TN, can help your smile
When you look at your smile in the mirror, do you see your teeth, or do you see your gums? There is a condition known as a “gummy smile” which can ruin the appearance of your smile. The good news is, there is also a procedure to fix a gummy smile. It’s called crown lengthening, and your dentist can help.
Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services, including crown lengthening to help your smile.
A gummy smile is caused by excessive gum tissue which grows over parts of your teeth. Excessive gums can hide your beautiful teeth, making your smile unattractive. Excessive gum tissue, or gummy smile, can be caused by a few factors, including:
- Medications; if you have taken some anti-seizure medications like Dilantin, your gums tissue can grow to excess. This is a condition known as Dilantin hyperplasia.
- Genetics; there are some genetic mutations and syndromes which can cause excessive gum tissue.
- Multifactorial causes; excessive gum growth can be caused by a combination of factors, or for an unknown cause.
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Whatever has caused your gummy smile can be corrected with crown lengthening. During crown lengthening, the excessive gum tissue is removed. Your gum contours are reshaped, exposing more tooth structure. Crown lengthening can give you a more balanced smile.
You may also need crown lengthening if your dentist needs to place a crown, but there is not enough tooth structure to provide a foundation for the crown. If a tooth has broken off below the gum line, gum tissue can be removed, exposing more of the tooth to attach a crown.
If you need crown lengthening or another dental procedure, you can take advantage of the sedation options available at Thomasson Dental. You can choose from:
- Oral sedation; which involves taking a sedative in pill form before treatment
- Inhaled sedation; which involves inhaling a combination of oxygen/nitrous oxide
- IV sedation; which involves injecting a sedative directly into a vein
To learn more about crown lengthening and other dental services, including sedation, talk with the experts. Call Drs. Mark and Andrew Thomasson of Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, at (615) 865-1732. Call today!
Here at Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN, your dentists, Dr. Mark Thomasson and Dr. Andrew Thomasson, place porcelain crowns to cover, support, and strengthen damaged teeth. Have a weakened tooth or molar? This reliable restoration might be right for your smile.
Also known as dental caps, crowns are porcelain restorations that replace missing/decayed tooth enamel or old filling material. Your Madison dentists use these custom-made crowns as both alternatives to tooth extraction, as well as to top dental implants, restore teeth that have undergone root canal therapy, and to anchor single or multi-tooth bridges.
To determine if a crown is appropriate for your situation, Dr. Thomasson will examine the tooth with a digital X-ray screening and a complete oral examination. Teeth needing crowns may have obvious cracks/chips or symptoms of decay or infection, such as dental sensitivity, toothache pain, or darkened enamel.
If a crown is right for you...
Your dentist will numb the tooth, remove the damaged portions, and shape the structure so that it can properly receive the restorative crown. Following these steps, you will wear a temporary cap as a dental lab fashions your permanent crown.
During your second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and replace it with the permanent one. Taking only a few minutes to complete, this process needs no local anesthetic and entails Dr. Thomasson using a special and durable adhesive to bond your crown over your prepared tooth. A quick bite adjustment completes the treatment
It looks and feels real
Today's dental crowns look amazingly natural, and typically they last for ten years or more, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). However, proper at-home care (brushing and flossing) and regular in-office examinations/cleanings are essential to maintain this longevity.
Additionally, to avoid premature wear on your crown, you should limit your consumption of hard foods such as nuts and caramels, and take precautions to avoid tooth grinding. If you have this latter problem, ask your dentist about a bite guard—it will extend the life of your crown (and all your teeth) and help your jaw stay healthy, functional, and pain-free.
A durable, attractive smile...with no gaps
Keep your damaged tooth by remaking it with a dental crown from Thomasson Dental in Madison, TN. Phone us today at (615) 865-1732.