Crown lengthening is a common surgical procedure to expose a greater amount of tooth structure for adequately restoring a tooth. This is simply done by a periodontal specialist by removing gum, bone or both around the tooth. First, local anesthesia is placed in the area, then the specialist proceeds to remove the necessary amount of gum for the dentist to be able to place a crown or filling. The surgical area is washed with saline water and stitched to maintain the integrity of the gums and accelerate the healing. If you have a temporary crown, the doctor will remove it during the surgery and put it back on afterward. Crown lengthening is a clean and useful procedure to avoid chronic pain, inflammation of the gum and loss of the bone around the restored teeth. A thorough diagnosis and treatment plan done by our experts at Prisma Dental, may determine if crown lengthening is needed during a restorative procedure to assure a successful and long lasting tooth restoration. For more information about crown lengthening or any other periodontal treatment at Prisma Dental in Costa Rica, do not hesitate to contact us through email or our toll free number.