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If you have been told you need a filling or dental crown, you might first require a preparatory procedure called crown lengthening. It allows your dentist to access decay or create a better foundation for your crown. It may also be recommended before receiving a veneer.

Information on crown lengthening

  • Conservative Treatment—your dentist will work carefully to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible. Some offices have dental lasers that allow for highly precise contouring.
  • Minimal Discomfort—local anesthesia will be used to completely numb the treatment area, and many dentists also offer sedation options.
  • Better Results—if a crown does not contact enough dental tissue, it can fail. A poor fit can also result in decay developing under the restoration.

Is crown lengthening expensive?

Crown lengthening in preparation for a crown or filling is considered restorative, so at least a portion of the cost is probably covered by your insurance policy. This treatment can also minimize your risk of requiring more costly treatment in the future. However, if crown lengthening is performed in preparation for a porcelain veneer, it is considered cosmetic, and will not qualify for coverage.

Before your procedure

The doctor will explain exactly what to expect and provide detailed pre- and post-operative instructions. Here is what you need to know:

  • The tooth and surrounding area will be numbed with local anesthesia. If you wear a temporary crown, your dentist will remove it
  • Small amounts of soft tissue (and bone tissue, in some cases) will be removed
  • Sutures may be applied to close any incisions. Lasers usually eliminate the need for sutures
  • If you wear a temporary crown, it will be placed back onto the tooth
  • The gums must heal for about three months
  • Once you have fully healed, your filling, permanent crown, or veneer can be placed

Dentists only recommend this treatment if it is absolutely necessary. Failure to create a proper foundation for a restoration is risky and could result in the need for tooth extraction in the future. A strong, healthy smile can benefit your confidence and overall health. If you are experiencing any symptoms of tooth decay or other oral health issues, speak to your dentist today.

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To Our Family of Patients,

After much thought and concern for the health of our patients and team, I would like to share with you my thoughts on how the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States can best be managed at our practice. The key issue is prevention. Social distancing is the best solution at this time to prevent the spread of the virus.

Therefore, in conjunction with the South Carolina Dental Association recommendations, I have decided to close our normal practice operation with the exception of emergency and urgent care situations, through the end of March, 2020. I will be available for you and your family for emergency and urgent needs. Please call my personal cell phone if you have any questions or if you need an office visit. I am here for you.

After we have weathered this storm, we will be here to see that you continue to have the excellent care that you and your families deserve. We thank you for the trust that you place in our practice. We look forward to a long and healthy relationship in the future.

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To Your Good Oral and Systemic Health!

- Dr. John F. Rink, DDS, AAACD

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