You thought you just needed a crown, so why did the doctor mention crown lengthening? Functional crown lengthening is similar in procedure to esthetic crown lengthening. However, functional crown lengthening is usually performed so the doctor can properly restore a tooth that is hindered by excessive gum and possibly bone tissue. Dr. Jeffrey Zatzkin is a periodontist in Tinton Fall, NJ offering gum contouring to his patients.
Sometimes, in order to have a tooth restored for health or for cosmetic reasons, the gums and bone around the tooth need to be trimmed and reshaped. If a tooth needing restoration is too decayed, broken below the gum line, or does not have enough structure to receive a restoration, Dr. Zatzkin will need to perform a gum contouring procedure. In some cases, the gum and bone will both need to be reduced and reshaped.
Functional crown lengthening is often a quick and simple procedure. Before the procedure, Dr. Zatzkin will ensure the area receiving the gum contouring is sufficiently numb so your visit will be as comfortable as possible. Small incisions are made to remove the necessary gum and bone tissue and reshape the area. Sutures are applied and healing takes about six to eight weeks. After the area has fully healed, the final restoration can then be placed.
Do not let this extra step in your treatment hinder you from making the best choice for a successful high quality restoration. Dr. Zatzkin is a periodontist which means he specializes in treating gum issues. Gum contouring can mean the difference between an ill-fitting crown with pain and inflammation and a successful, comfortable, and long lasting restoration.
Want to learn more about your options for a functional crown lengthening procedure in Tinton Falls, NJ? Call Dr. Zatzkin’s office to schedule your appointment today!