Before placing a crown, your general dentist must first prepare your tooth. Sometimes there is not enough tooth structure above the gum line to accept a new crown. "Crown lengthening" provides more tooth structure for your crown. This ensures a more stable crown with less resulting gum irritation.
Procedure: The periodontist administers a local anesthetic and gently recontours excess gum and bone tissue to expose more of your natural tooth.
"Crown lengthening" sounded like a wonderful experience from the get go and there was quite a bit of apprehension on my part. Dr. Greenberg and his staff went to great lengths to ease the apprehension.
I expected a painful procedure with several days of misery for recovery. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a few Advil the first day were all I needed for some discomfort.
Overall, a very pleasant experience thanks to the care and concern of Dr. Greenberg and his staff. (He even called after-hours the day of the surgery to make sure things were ok- Above and beyond the call of duty!) -MF
I was very nervous to have the crown lengthening procedure done but Dr. Greenberg put me at ease very quickly. Just going over the paper [We're Concerned form] and talking about my concerns before the procedure really helped me mentally. The use of the "clicker" was such a comfort. Just knowing I could take a "time out" if I needed it make me feel so much better and I didn't even have to use it once.
This was my first visit to a periodontist. My concerns were rapidly relieved after witnessing the care and professionalism of Dr. Greenberg and his staff.
It appeared that every effort was made to ensure the required procedure was successfully achieved while paying particular attention to creating minimal discomfort.
Although it is early in the recovery period, it appears that the procedure was extremely successful. -JQ
As a customer service representative for a dental insurance company, many of my calls ask me questions about procedures they are going to have done. Since I am NOT a doctor, I can only share my experiences. Thanks to Dr. Greenberg, I can now the callers that a crown lengthening is not near as bad as it sounds. The procedure was almost pain free and I never even filled the prescription for pain meds.