Tooth contouring is a special procedure that can be used to reshape the enamel of the tooth. Our Northridge tooth contouring expert can use this procedure to change the length or shape of a tooth, which may be needed to create a more balanced, harmonious appearance. Tooth contouring may be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures. It is a conservative cosmetic treatment that is fast, painless and offers virtually immediate results.
You may be a candidate for tooth contouring if you have pits or bumps in your enamel, have an irregular tooth shape, have canines that are abnormally long or pointed, have small chips in your teeth or if your teeth are too wide. Although the procedure is considered cosmetic in nature, it can also boost dental health by removing the bumps and cracks in which plaque and bacteria can hide. Our expert in tooth contouring in Northridge can perform this procedure right in our office during a single appointment.
Tooth Contouring Northridge
If you are a candidate for tooth contouring, our Northridge tooth contouring expert will first perform a dental exam. This may involve an X-ray to determine the location of the tooth, the size of the tooth’s pulp and the overall structure of the tooth. Next, we will use a special tool to gently buff away the imperfections, and to create a smooth, attractive surface and shape. In the end, the tooth will be polished to remove any remaining roughness. There is usually no need for anesthesia, and patients can begin to enjoy the benefits of their new smile immediately.
As with any dental procedure, unwanted side effects may occur. However, tooth contouring is an extremely conservative process, and most patients experience no post-procedure problems. Enamel cannot be replaced once it is removed, so patients should consider their options carefully. If too much of the tooth structure is removed or if enamel is too thin to contour, patients may experience some sensitivity. Fluoride treatments and anti-sensitivity toothpaste can fortunately alleviate this. Our expert in tooth contouring in Northridge may also recommend veneers or another alternative to reshape the tooth without the risk of sensitivity.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Northridge cosmetic dentist.