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Your periodontist, Dr. Seth Rush, offers crown lengthening in Kansas City, Missouri, to help you improve the appearance of your “gummy smile.” In fact, this treatment can lengthen the crowns of your teeth by moving the gums. This is a very beneficial treatment if your gums tend to sit high against the teeth. To help you know more and to help you find the answers to questions you have about crown lengthening, our dentist is happy to provide the answers to these commonly asked questions:

Q: What steps are involved in crown lengthening treatment?
A: First, your dentist will numb the gum tissues with a local anesthetic. Your dentist will also give you a dental sedative if it’s needed. Second, he will reshape the excess gum tissue and bone tissue to expose more of the teeth. Now, this can be done to a single tooth, several teeth or to the entire gumline.

Q: How painful is the treatment?
A: You shouldn’t experience any pain or discomfort during the treatment, thanks to the local anesthetic administered.

Q: How long is the recovery time following treatment?
A: You should visit your dentist within seven to 10 days following the treatment to remove the stitches and then you should visit again four to six weeks later for a follow-up appointment.

Call our office today at 816-444-8822 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about crown lengthening. Our dental team is more than happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!