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Crown lengthening in Norfolk, Virginia, is a beneficial treatment that can help you beautify your smile and improve your oral health. It is generally needed when your gums grow over your teeth and cover the majority of their surfaces, giving you a gummy smile. To help improve the appearance and health of your smile, the treatment involves the removal of gum tissue and bone to expose more of the tooth surface area.

If you’re receiving a crown lengthening treatment, our skilled dental team is more than happy to help you prepare for your appointment by telling you what to expect. When you come in to see Dr. Rita Frazier, you can expect the following treatment steps:

Step 1: Your dentist will first numb your tooth and surrounding gums with a local anesthetic. Doing so will help prevent pain and discomfort during your treatment.

Step 2: When you’re ready, your dentist will cut the gums and pull them away from the teeth. This will expose the roots of the teeth and the surrounding bone.

Step 3: Then, she will remove the necessary gum tissue from the mouth and some bone from the tooth roots if needed.  This will be done with the use of hand instruments and rotary instruments.

Step 4: Once enough of the tooth structure has been exposed, your dentist will deeply clean and irrigate the area with sterile salt water.

Step 5: Finally, your dentist will stitch the gums back together to give you a beautiful and healthy smile.

For more information and details, please feel free to call 757-587-6399 today and talk to a member of our team. We are here to help you in any way we can!