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Crown Lengthening Ask The Periodontist Marie Schwienebraten Question:
Single Tooth Crown Lengthening: I recently had crown lengthening done. I only had it done on one tooth.

It has been 2 days and I cannot see the results from where she removed the gum from. My dentist said she also removed bone so I should not worry.

She said that the gum will shrink up. Is this normal and how long should it take? ... Visitor from NJ

Answer:
If it has only been two days since the crown lengthening has been done, it is not unusual for you not to notice a difference when you look at the tooth.

There may be localized swelling around the tooth in the gum and this would mask any change in the gum line that was done. So be patient with the healing.

Normally, it is recommended that 4-6 weeks healing is needed before the work can be done for the crown. Also, there can be more to crown lengthening than meets the eye!

It is not just a matter of cutting gum away from the tooth, but also involves the type of gum tissue present, where the bone is related to the gum line, and the esthetics involved.

Let it heal and remember that the procedure is being done not only related to what you see but also to how the crown will fit properly.

Marie C. Schweinebraten, DMD
Atlanta Periodontist
2925 Premiere Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 623-0930

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