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Dental Procedure: Odontoplasty

Do you have small imperfections? Do you wish to reduce the size or shape of your teeth? If so we invite you to read and understand an oral procedure called: Odontoplasty.

Contact our team of professionals to see if you can qualify for this surgery.

Dental Health and Recontouring Teeth

Odontoplasty or Recontouring is a dental procedure in which an oral surgeon will remove part of your tooth’s enamel to change your tooth’s length, shape, or surface. Patients who need this dental surgery, usually do it to improve their appearance. The oral surgeon improves your appearance, by creating a more balanced and more harmonious smile.

This dental surgery is a quick and painless procedure and patients who undergo this surgery can notice results immediately. After this dental surgery, your oral surgeon might need to use filling materials or crowns to better shape your smile (it will depend on the extent of the tooth’s damage).

Dental Procedure: Odontoplasty

If you need this oral surgery there are several steps involved.

Initial Test: The Diagnosis

During the diagnosis, your dentist will examine your teeth and determine if you are an appropriate candidate for odontoplasty. Through the use of x-rays or a CT scan determine the size and location of the tooth’s pulp (remember, we only want to reduce their size not damage them).

If after analyzing the x-rays or scans your dentist determines that the tooth’s enamel layer is too thin or if the pulp lies too close to the tooth’s surface then you will not qualify for this dental procedure, your dentist will most likely offer you another dental procedure, for example, bonding or veneers.

Odontoplasty: The Procedure

After the diagnosis is done and your appointment will be set. At the appointment, your dentist will use a fine diamond or a sanding disc to remove small amounts of your tooth enamel. To remove any imperfections, the dentist might use a strip of sandpaper to shape and smoothen imperfections. Keep in mind that once this procedure is completed, there is no way to reverse it.

Once your tooth has been shaped, your dentist will finish the process by polishing your tooth or teeth.

FACT: Recontouring does not affect the pulp of the tooth, because this anesthetic is usually not needed.

Follow Up

This oral procedure does not require special care or follow-up or can be combined with other cosmetic procedures.

The steps and procedures mentioned in this post are procedures available in the medical field; however, we might need a different method to treat your case. To confirm if this procedure is performed at our dental clinics and will be performed to treat your case, please contact us directly. 

Is this Dental Surgery for Me?

Odontoplasty is an effective oral procedure that can correct minor dental imperfections, these imperfections include:

  •         Adjusting slight irregularities in tooth shapes
  •         Adjusting the length of the canines
  •         Correcting small chips
  •         Smoothing out bulges on the tooth’s enamel

In addition to the above benefits, recontouring can also improve your overall oral health. By performing odontoplasty your dentist will be able to remove crevices/overlaps, in these areas plaque or tartar can accumulate and lead to gingivitis and other oral health problems.

When at the dentist’s office, if the dentist determines that the extent of the imperfection to be too deep, he will offer you a different oral procedure to re-establish your smile.

FACT: Recontouring is not a substitute for veneers or bonding; however some dentists have combined these dental procedures with odontosplasy.

Talk to your doctor to see if recontouring is right for you.

Risks Involve with Teeth Recontouring

Once tooth enamel has been removed, remember that enamel cannot grow back naturally; with this in mind odontosplasy should be carefully considered.

If your tooth’s enamel becomes too thin or the dentin layer is exposed, your tooth can become sensitive to cold, heat, and/or sweets.

If you are not happy with your smile and would like to re-shape your teeth come to our dental clinic allow us to help you. A beautiful and healthy smile will encourage you to smile more and this will raise your self-esteem. Do keep in mind that this procedure is not for everyone, but if you do qualify you can be in and out of the clinic within an hour or less.

Resource: sanidentalgroup.com

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