Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers cosmetic contouring. Cosmetic contouring is a procedure that improves the shape of chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth. In some cases, cosmetic contouring can correct crooked teeth. By removing small amounts of enamel, the dentist changes the shape, size, and length of the teeth. Cosmetic contouring may require up to three appointments to achieve the desired shape of the teeth. Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry may recommend cosmetic contouring in conjunction with other procedures, such as veneers and bonding. Most insurance covers the cost of cosmetic contouring if the damage to the teeth is the result of an accident. For patients who have misshapen teeth due to grinding, the cosmetic contouring procedure may need to be repeated if the patients continue to grind their teeth. Patients should discuss with the dentist methods for addressing teeth grinding issues.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Contouring
What happens during the procedure for cosmetic contouring at Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry?
Before the cosmetic contouring procedure, the dentist takes x-rays of the teeth to locate the pulp in the tooth and evaluate the amount of bone between the teeth. Anesthesia is not required for most patients. The cosmetic contouring procedure begins with the dentist marking the teeth to indicate the location and amount of enamel to be removed. A special drill or laser is used to gradually remove the enamel from the tooth. For the surfaces between the teeth, the dentist uses a special abrasive strip that is similar to sandpaper. When the cosmetic contouring is complete, the dentist cleans and polishes the teeth.
When can normal activities resume after the procedure for cosmetic contouring?
In most cases, patients may resume normal activities immediately after the cosmetic contouring procedure.
Is there any pain associated with the procedure for cosmetic contouring?
Some patients report discomfort with the sensation of having the enamel removed during the cosmetic contouring procedure. In most cases, patients do not experience pain after the procedure.