Home Ask The Dentist Medicaid Polls Procedure Descriptions FAQ's Consultants Schools Directories Research


 

Dental Health Directory Library

FAQ:  Crown Lengthening


Crown Lengthening vs Dental Implant
Gum Tissue Diseases
Anatomy of Gum Recession
Bone and Gingival Tissue Grafting
Prevention of Periodontal Disease

Question:
Crown Lengthening and Implants: My filling came out and the tooth cuspid broke at the gum line.

I coincidentally was referred to a periodontist due to my regular dentist is out of the country. The periodontist referred me for a root canal evaluation and to come back and do a crown lengthening.

I saw an endodontist today who confirmed I need a preventative root canal and lengthening. He said he could do the lengthening at the same time as the root canal. He explained how he would trim back the gum, but no mention of bone trimming.

I asked him about the bone, and he said he wouldn't be doing that. Does shaving bone cause implant attachment problems down the road if the crown doesn't work out? ... Visitor from FL

Answer:
I don't quite understand the reason for the crown lengthening other than to possibly allow for crown placement.

Perhaps your gum tissue and bone level of your canines is not symmetrical and the periodontists wants to cosmetically improve the symmetry. I think he probably wants to do it for restorative reasons.

That being said, you are correct in thinking about preservation of the bone for future implant placement. Reducing the bone around a tooth for crown lengthening also affects the bone of the adjacent teeth.

If the periodontist needs to remove that much bone, you may want to discuss with him the pros and cons of placing an implant instead.

Editorial Staff

Return to Crown Lengthening FAQ



Return to FAQ Index

You also have the option of using Google search technology to conduct a specific search within our databases to find more specific information. Adjust search terms as needed to refine search results:


Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape


[Home]   [Ask The Dentist]   [FAQ's]   [Polls]   [Consultants]   [Directories]   [Articles]  
Contact the Editor
Technical Treatment Protocol Diagnosis Error Assessment
Free No Cost Dentist Advice
Featured in
Part of the Dental Network
Health Issues in Dentistry
Crown Lengthening Health FAQ
All rights reserved - 1999-2020
Google
webmaster@dental--health.com
Dental Pros and Cons


Videos
Free Dentistry
Bad Teeth Gums Gallery