When Teeth Appear “Short,” Crown Lengthening May Be the Answer

New York City periodontist Dr. Hiroshi Kimura, DMD, PLLC, says that crown lengthening can correct the “look” of a patient’s teeth and may be necessary for certain tooth restoration procedures.

Online PR News – 23-September-2009 – New York, New York – As a renowned New York City periodontist and leading expert in dental cosmetic procedures, Dr. Hiroshi Kimura, DMD, PLLC, (http://www.drhiroshikimura.com) recognizes that many people are dissatisfied with the “look” of their teeth.

“In some cases, patients believe that their teeth are too short and fear that there is nothing they can do to correct it,” says Dr. Kimura of Periodontics and Dental Implants New York City (PDINY). “The truth is, in most cases these individuals have normal-sized teeth, but they are covered with excessive gum tissue.”

According to Dr. Kimura, the best way to correct this issue is through a periodontal plastic surgery procedure known as crown lengthening. During this dental cosmetic procedure, excess gum and bone tissue is reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. Dr. Kimura says that this type of procedure can be performed on more than one tooth, or even to the entire gum line, to create a beautiful, healthy-looking smile.

“Crown lengthening, also known as crown exposure, may also be required when your tooth needs a new crown or other restoration,” Dr. Kimura explains. “The edge of that restoration may deep below the gum tissue and not accessible and usually too close to the bone or below the bone and require this special treatment.”

Specifically, Kimura says that the procedure involves adjusting the levels of a patient’s gum tissue and bone around the tooth in question, to create a new gum-to–tooth relationship.

“This allows us to reach the edge of the restoration, ensuring a proper fit to the tooth,” says Dr. Kimura. “It should also provide enough tooth structure so that the new restoration will not come loose in the future. This allows you to clean the edge of the restoration when you brush and floss, preventing decay and gum disease."

According to Dr Kimura, The procedure takes approximately one hour and, when completed, sutures and a protective bandage are placed to help secure the new gum-to-tooth relationship. Patients are seen in one to two weeks to remove the sutures and evaluate healing.

Established in 1999, Periodontics and Dental Implants of New York (PDINY), the private practice of Dr. Hiroshi Kimura, DMD, PLLC, located at 30 Central Park South, Suite 3D, New York, NY, 10019, specializes in dental implants, cosmetic periodontal surgery, gum grafting, crown lengthening, osseous surgery, bone regeneration, bone grafting, and ridge preservation. For more information, call 212-486-1121 or visit http://www.drhiroshikimura.com.

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