Crown Lengthening in Astoria, Queens
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Do you feel your teeth are a little shorter than you’d like, or your smile appears “gummy”? Our dental provider can give you a wider, more symmetrical smile through a crown lengthening procedure. The dentist removes excess gum or bone tissue during this treatment, reveals more of your natural tooth, and creates a more even gum line.
You may also need crown lengthening if you require a restorative dental procedure, such as fixing a broken tooth or getting a porcelain crown. If you have any questions about crown lengthening or if you’d like Dr. Bokser to review your options, contact our dental center today to schedule an appointment.
Crown lengthening in Astoria is typically performed to improve the health of the gum tissue or prepare your mouth for certain restorative procedures – for example, if not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum line to support a filling or crown. You may also consider crown lengthening if your smile can be described as “gummy,” where the teeth are covered with excess gum tissue.
Crown lengthening is a common surgical procedure performed by Dr. Bokser, who will extend the height or size of the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. The doctor will typically use local anesthesia and then gradually reshape or remove the excess gum and bone tissue to expose the natural tooth.
Once Dr. Bokser feels enough tooth has been exposed, the doctor will wash the area with sterile saltwater and apply stitches to the gums. The entire procedure can usually be completed in less than one hour.
In most cases, after the surgery, you’ll experience a little swelling, which can be treated with ice and Ibuprofen (or other pain medicine) but generally there is relatively minimal healing time with little discomfort. The area will be completely healed and back to normal within 2-3 months. You will, however, notice the results immediately in a wider, more symmetrical smile.
Dr. Bokser can perform crown lengthening on a single tooth for a more even gum line or several teeth to reveal a broader smile or prepare you for further dental work.
Most patients see Dr. Bokser perform crown lengthening for the following reasons:
I have been Irene and Alex patient for at least 20 years. They have been and still are responsible for the excellent health of my teeth and gums. My wife Madeline who is also a long time patience echos my review. They are understandable, very knowledgeable and professional. They care. I highly recommend them.Nicholas D.
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You should consider crown lengthening if you feel your teeth are a little shorter than you’d like or your smile appears ‘gummy.’ It may also be required before you can fix a dental issue like a broken tooth.
The crown lengthening procedure is very common, and the risks are minimal. Some patients find their teeth initially are sensitive to hot or cold because the roots are exposed. But this sensitivity typically goes away within a few months.
If you have any questions about crown lengthening or if you’d like to schedule a time to review your options, contact Dr. Bokser today to schedule an appointment.
This page was modified on by Dr. Alexander Bokser, DDS (Dentist) of Precision Dental NYC
Dr. Alexander Bokser is a dentist in Astoria, NY and Bayside, NY. He received his degree from New York University College of Dentistry, licensed by the New York State Board of Regents and the North East Regional Board of Dental Examiners.
He is currently teaching dentistry at Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Dr. Bokser has received numerous awards in dentistry and community service. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, and North Queens Dental Study Club.