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Crown lengthening surgery

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Posted by: jelly09  (9 years ago)

I have had a crown on my upper premolar for about seven months now. Since then, the gum (above the crowned tooth) bleeds a little when I brush and I noticed a puss in there. My new dentist said, the crown was not properly placed. There is a gap in it, which allowed bacteria to get trapped. He said it should be replaced and I will have to undergo a crown lengthening surgery. I find the procedure quite expensive and it is out of my budget for now. Is there any other option for me to treat this aside from crown lengthening? What are the risks when I postpone the treatment until I have enough money for it?

I will be so grateful for all your responses. Thanks!
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Hello jelly09!

It sounds like the crown was either incorrectly cut (eg. a tangent cut), or the biological width was damaged, in which case the crown needs to be renewed and a crown lengthening procedure needs to be performed.

You could opt for a temporary crown, using a groove cut this time.

When the infection has gone down, get the temporary crown replaced with a permanent one; if not, then get the crown lengthening done first.

Have a word with your dentist regarding possible treatment options.

All the best!
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: jelly09  (9 years ago)
Thank you for your suggestions Doc. I have the temporary crown for now. After a few months we'll go with the crown lengthening procedure. Have a good day!
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