Do you have teeth that are too long or wide, giving you an uneven smile? There is a quick, simple procedure our Edgewood, KY dentists can perform to balance your smile. Teeth recontouring, or teeth reshaping, is a very conservative cosmetic procedure that Edgewood Dental Care offers to even out your smile. We can do this procedure alone or alongside other cosmetic procedures, such as veneers or teeth whitening. Some patients choose recontouring over veneers if they are happy with their smile after this often one-visit procedure.
What is Teeth Recontouring?
Teeth recontouring is a simple, painless process in which Dr. McMahon reshapes your teeth. To do this, he contours your enamel, the outermost layer of your tooth. It’s ideal for:
– adjusting the size of teeth that are longer or wider than others
– smoothing out pits, grooves, crevices, and bulges in your enamel
– shortening your pointed canines
– fixing slightly chipped teeth
How Does Teeth Recontouring Work?
To determine if you are a good candidate for dental recontouring, Dr. McMahon will first take digital dental X-rays and examine your teeth. From these digital images and the exam, he will look for some things that may indicate you should not have the procedure done, including:
– larger chips or fractures that need to be fixed with veneers, bonding, or crowns instead
– enamel that is too thin, meaning your pulp (the inside of your tooth containing the sensitive nerves, tissues, and blood supply) is too close to the surface of your tooth
If these issues don’t exist, he can begin the tooth recontouring procedure at your next appointment. By using a small sanding disc, Dr. McMahon will carefully sand the outer layer of your tooth to remove excess on teeth that are too large. He can also use the sander to smooth out pits and bulges. You will not even need anesthesia for this cosmetic procedure because it is painless, but we do offer sedation options for extremely anxious patients.
Best of all, this is an immediate cosmetic procedure that you will see results from as soon as your visit to Edgewood Dental Care is over!
If you have an uneven smile, let us help determine whether teeth recontouring is right for you. Contact our Edgewood, KY dentists office for a consultation or questions at 859-474-7830 or through our online form.