Chips and small fractures can occur in your teeth, from something like a blow to the face, or using your teeth as a tool to cut string or open a plastic bag. Even if the chips don’t cause any pain or pose a threat to the pulp of your teeth, they can still leave you with an unappealing smile. A cosmetic tooth reshaping procedure can help blend these damaged spot, giving you back a smooth and even smile.
Before starting the procedure your dentist will want to inspect your teeth, looking for signs of decay. They might also need to take a few x-rays to make sure there is sufficient enamel to warrant the procedure. If you don’t have enough healthy enamel on a tooth in question, they might recommend dental veneers or that you have one or more teeth fitted with crowns.
The procedure itself involves the dentist using a drill and other tools to carefully smooth out the chipped areas to blend in with the surrounding enamel. Additional small amounts of enamel might be removed to make sure your bite pattern matches up evenly.
They might also recommend periodic fluoride treatments or fluoride supplements to help strengthen your remaining enamel and prevent tooth decay.
If the teeth in your smile have chips or minor fractures in the enamel and you’re interested in cosmetic dental contouring, please feel free to call us at 770-536-8868 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you get the smile you want.