A Guide to Dental Implants and Crown Lengthening

Dental implants are used to replace areas where teeth have been lost. Implants are placed into the jaw and are made from metal. After a while, the bone surrounds the implant and secures it into place. A crown is placed over the implant so that the space that the missing tooth left is occupied. The crown is custom made to fit the appearance and size of your other teeth. Crown lengthening is a method of reducing excess gum and improving gum health.

Dental implants

Dental implants are used to replace any teeth that you may have lost. Before having an implant created, your dentist will examine your oral health. If there is no gum disease or issues with the bone, an implant may be an appropriate option.

To obtain an implant, your mouth will need to be scanned so that the shape and size of the implant can be designed. The implant will be made and then fitted into your jawbone, typically under anaesthetic. After a period of time, you will need to return to your dentist. They will assess whether the implant is secure, and they will use a mould of your teeth to make the crown.

After the implant has been fitted, you may experience symptoms such as pain, swelling, bruising and bleeding. You will need to be careful with what you eat and regularly brush and floss your teeth. You will also be required to see your dentist often.

Crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is typically used when a new crown is required or if there is an issue inside the gum which is difficult to reach. This can also be near the bone. The procedure may be carried out under anaesthetic. Crown lengthening will be carried out by a periodontist.

The gum and bone surrounding the tooth will be reshaped or recontoured to alter the gum. Crown lengthening can be used for one tooth, several teeth or the whole line of teeth. Crown lengthening is an effective method of reaching deep into the gum to allow it to better fit the tooth.

The length of time taken during the process of crown lengthening will depend on the size of the area being treated and whether any bone has to be taken out. Sutures will be left in to support your gum, and you will need to go back to have them removed. It will take a while for your gum to fully heal.