Lets talk crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure normally used to improve gum health or in preparation for restorative or cosmetic treatments, for example, if you want dental crowns or veneers. When teeth have broken below the gum line or are substantially damaged, it is difficult to place dental crowns or veneers properly, so crown lengthening helps to provide more space by exposing more of the natural tooth. We can also use crown lengthening to correct what’s called a “gummy” smile, where you expose an excess of gum tissue when you smile or talk. Crown lengthening treatment exposes more of the natural tooth, reshaping the gum tissue and sometimes recontouring the bone underneath. We can perform crown lengthening procedures on a single tooth or multiple teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

What is the Procedure for Crown Lengthening?

We usually do this procedure under local anaesthetic and will carefully remove the excess gum tissue, so your gums frame your teeth beautifully. Your teeth will already look longer because we have exposed more of the natural structure. It will take a while for your gums to heal, and we will give you precise instructions on how to care for them during this time.

How Seasonal Allergies Can Impact Oral Health

If you are prone to allergies, you may find they typically flare up twice yearly in the spring and autumn. This can lead to long months of misery where you feel congested, have an itchy nose, throat or mouth, or frequently find you need to sneeze or cough. Often, allergies can cause tingling or swollen lips or will irritate the gums, tongue or mouth. One of the most common ways allergies can affect your oral health is dry mouth. When you are congested, it’s easier to breathe through the mouth instead of through the nose, but unfortunately, this dries up saliva.

How Can Dry Mouth Threaten Oral Health?

Saliva is a protective fluid, reducing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Without it, harmful bacteria can thrive more easily, and dead skin cells and old particles of food are more likely to remain trapped around your teeth. To combat these effects, make sure you drink plenty of water to stay well-hydrated. Some people find it useful to chew sugar-free gum or sweets to stimulate saliva flow. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once-a-day. Also, ensure you take any medications for allergies prescribed by your doctor and which can help to reduce these unpleasant symptoms.

Supercharged Foods for Your Teeth

We’ve all heard the saying you are what you eat, and this certainly applies to your dental health. Sugary foods like fizzy drinks and sweets will all contribute to tooth decay. Try to include at least some of these healthy, tooth-friendly foods in your diet.

Cheese

Cheese is great for teeth because it increases the pH level in your mouth, and just chewing cheese increases saliva flow. Cheese also contains lots of protein and calcium, both of which can strengthen your tooth enamel.

Yoghurt

Yoghurt is another food that is high in calcium and protein, and the probiotics found in certain yoghurt products can also benefit your gum health. If you do like yoghurt, choose sugar-free plain yoghurt and if you want to sweeten it, add some fresh fruit.

Leafy Greens

Your mum was right when she told you to eat up your greens because they are packed full of vitamins and minerals and are low-calorie too. Choose greens such as kale and spinach because they also contain calcium and folic acid, which has lots of health benefits.

Crunchy Fruits and Veggies

Crunchy fruits and vegetables have a high fibre and water content, which helps to wash away excess food particles and to scrub your teeth slightly. Also, they are an excellent source of vitamins.