Are there minor flaws with your smile that you’d like to repair? Perhaps you have a small chip in a tooth or an irregularly shaped tooth? If so, tooth contouring might be for you! It is one the fastest and most effective procedures offered at Rock Creek Dental.
Reshaping or contouring of a tooth is performed by using a drill to remove a very small amount of tooth enamel thereby molding it into the desired shape. Once polished, your tooth will have a beautiful smooth finish.
This process is commonly used to enhance the appearance of the most visible teeth – the canines and upper front incisors.
What Conditions it Treats
This procedure is most beneficial for the following issues:
- Minor problems with bite
- Small overlaps
- Teeth that are chipped
- Irregular tooth length
- Making teeth more “feminine” or “masculine” in appearance
Repairing minor cosmetic defects where plaque can hide not only enhances the beauty of your smile but also can lower your chance of developing gum disease or tooth decay. When consulting with your Auburn dentist, he will help determine if reshaping your teeth could lead to any imbalance of your bite. If this is the case, he will recommend an alternate cosmetic procedure that is better suited for your needs.
First, your Auburn dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth to determine the end goal – correction of your bite, overall smile enhancement, etc. It may be determined that the root surfaces of your teeth are in need of reshaping to prevent gum disease. If this is the case, x-rays will be needed to isolate and protect the inner tissue of your teeth.
Most often, contouring only affects a small amount of tooth enamel. Enamel doesn’t contain nerves making local anesthetic unnecessary for this procedure.
Your dentist will use a pen to mark the area of your tooth to be reshaped. A sanding instrument will then be used to gently and effectively contour your tooth. Lastly, your tooth will be polished and smoothed. The whole process takes less than 30 minutes leaving you with a beautifully redesigned smile. You may experience slight sensitivity to hot or cold foods or drinks for a day or two.
Want even more dramatic results? Consider adding tooth whitening, veneers or dental bonding to the mix and you will see even more amazing improvements. Contact us today to find out if tooth contouring is the cosmetic procedure for you!