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Functional Crown Lengthening in Covington, KY

Functional Crown Lengthening

Functional crown lengthening is a type of periodontal plastic surgery, or cosmetic dentistry, performed by Dr. Lloyd Parmley. The procedure improves the appearance and health of a smile in Covington, KY. Often, functional crown lengthening is used to prepare patients for other restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Restore Your Healthy Smile

When The Procedure Is Needed

Not all cosmetic or restorative dental work will require this procedure. Functional crown lengthening is primarily used in patients who have:

  • A severely decayed tooth (or teeth)
  • A tooth that is broken below the gum-line
  • Tooth that have an insufficient foundation for restorative pieces

Restorative pieces include crowns and bridges, which rely on remaining teeth for support.

Functional Crown Lengthening in Florence & Ft. Thomas, KY

In cases where a tooth is significantly decayed, functional crown lengthening can expose more of the tooth root, creating a foundation for further restoration. The procedure is similar to esthetic crown lengthening, except that functional crown lengthening is typically the first step in order to further cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Not all cosmetic or restorative dental treatment will require this procedure. Functional crown lengthening is primarily used in patients who have a severely decayed tooth, a tooth that is broken below the gum line, or those who have an insufficient foundation for restorative pieces. Restorative treatments that may incorporate functional crown lengthening include crowns, bridges, onlays, or deep fillings.

Dr. Ryan Estes will remove gum and bone tissue, lowering the gum line and exposing more of the root surface. This is necessary so that the area can be restored. Dr. Ryan Estes will also need to reshape the gum line and existing bone structure to allow for room to place a high quality restorative piece.

The Procedure

A functional crown lengthening procedure is very similar to esthetic crown lengthening. Dr. Ryan Estes will administer a local anesthetic to avoid any discomfort or pain the patient may feel during the procedure. He will then make small incisions in the gum line, separating the gums from the teeth. Necessary amounts of gum and bone tissue are removed, and the area is contoured to create a natural look.

Sutures and bandages are placed over the area. Dr. Ryan Estes will remove them in two weeks at a follow up appointment. The area will be completely healed within six to eight weeks and the restorative piece can be placed.

Dr. Ryan Estes can determine if functional crown lengthening is the right option for you in Covington, KY. Call our office today to schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation and see if functional crown lengthening is right for you!