Cosmetic Contouring

Cosmetic Contouring

Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center offers cosmetic contouring. Cosmetic contouring is a procedure that improves the shape of chipped or misshapen teeth. In mild cases, cosmetic contouring can improve the appearance of 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 Dentistry & Facial Pain Center may recommend cosmetic contouring in conjunction with other procedures, such as veneers and bonding.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cosmetic Contouring

What happens during the procedure for cosmetic contouring at Gallagher Dentistry & Facial Pain Center?

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 to shape the teeth. When the cosmetic contouring is complete, the dentist smooths 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.

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