Your smile is often the first feature people notice when they talk to you. Having imperfections in your teeth can make it difficult to feel comfortable laughing or talking to others if you are worried about what they think of your smile. There are many treatments to correct imperfections in teeth, some more time consuming and invasive than others. For smiles with tooth decay, gaps, cracks, or missing teeth, a complete makeover with veneers may be necessary. For more minor imperfections, such as uneven teeth or small chips, a procedure known as enamel recontouring or enameloplasty is safe and painless, and it could be just what you are looking for to create a more appealing smile.
What Is It?
Enamel recontouring can be accomplished in one office visit without anesthesia. The process consists of basically sanding sanding the enamel of your tooth to even out the shape. For instance, if you have a tooth that that has been chipped, your dentist can reshape the tooth to even out the appearance and enamel so the chip is no longer there. Other instances when enamel recontouring can be helpful include a tooth line that is uneven or if one tooth slightly overlaps another making it difficult to brush and clean away plaque successfully. Enamel recontouring can be successfully used to repair minor cracks in teeth as well.
Am I A Good Candidate?
Before this recontouring can be performed your dentist will check the enamel of your teeth to make sure there is enough to reshape without hurting your teeth. If the enamel of your teeth is too thin it may not be safe to have this treatment done. The pulp or soft tissue and nerves within your teeth is protected by the enamel. If you have a thin layer of enamel, the use of recontouring could expose the nerves causing pain and sensitivity. During your office visi,t your dentist can examine your teeth and if decided they are healthy with adequate enamel the job of reshaping your teeth can begin. Since it does not involve the pulp of your teeth anesthesia is not required and the procedure is painless and completed in one office visit
There are other options for those who are not candidates for enamel recontouring such as resin bonding or porcelain veneers. Talk to your dentist to decide the best option for you based on the health of your teeth and the aesthetics you desire for a smile that you can be proud to show off.
If you have questions about cosmetic dental procedures, contact Central Dental in Conway and Little Rock today! We can answer your questions and provide guidance during your consultation, alleviating any concerns you may have and getting you the treatment you need.