Functional Crown Lengthening in Washington D.C. & Alexandria, VA
Functional gum contouring is one option when it comes to gum health and tooth restoration.
For patients who have periodontal disease causing pockets to form, or who have had a tooth break at or below the gum line, functional crown lengthening can allow access to more of the tooth’s surface for remedial dental work or gum treatment.
Treatment for Gum Disease or Broken teeth
Functional crown lengthening procedure is also known as gum contouring. Excess gum tissue is carefully removed to expose more of the tooth surface and reduce gingival pockets that harbor bacteria. If the tooth is broken, the gum line can be lowered to allow access for the placing of a restoration.
Occasionally, esthetic crown lengthening may be performed to reduce the look of a “gummy” smile and provide a more even, attractive looking gum line.
The Functional Crown Lengthening Procedure
The procedure takes between one and two hours and can be performed on a single tooth or on several teeth to reduce the depth of periodontal pockets.
Gum contouring is performed under local anesthetic and may involve removing a small amount of bone tissue or reshaping the end of a broken tooth while removing overlapping gum tissue, allowing for a restoration to be placed.
Small sutures will be placed and the gums allowed to heal. If a restoration is being placed, it may be done in the same visit.
After Functional Crown Lengthening
Benefits of Functional Crown Lengthening
Functional gum contouring can improve gum health by reducing pockets between the gum and the tooth, reducing chances of infection. Functional crown lengthening can also provide a more stable foundation for a needed restoration.
Dr. Justin Zalewsky, Dr. Michael Hoge, and the Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry team offer a range of periodontal treatment options to the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. area, including residents seeking a periodontist in Annandale, Arlington, Burke, Chevy Chase, Falls Church, Fairfax, and Springfield. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zalewsky or Dr. Hoge, or request your appointment online.