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Tooth Reshaping: Overview, Procedure, Advantages & Disadvantages

Written by Danica Lacson on September 27, 2018

What is Tooth Reshaping?

Also known as odontoplasty, tooth reshaping is a conservative, fast and painless procedure which effectively improves the appearance of the tooth and the overall dental health.

It involves removing a portion of the tooth enamel using a laser or drill to change the length, shape, or surface of the tooth.

Tooth reshaping is often done along with bonding which uses tooth-colored materials to shape the tooth.

How is Tooth Reshaping done?

Before undergoing tooth reshaping, a dental X-ray will be taken to check the size and location of the pulp and ensure the health of the tooth.

If the enamel is too thin or the pulp is too close to the surface, the cosmetic dental procedure may not be done. Also, careful consideration must be observed before subscribing to the procedure as the enamel is irreplaceable.

Following an X-ray, the dentist will mark the tooth using a pen, highlighting the areas in need of sculpting. A diamond bur is used to remove a bit of the enamel and eliminate or minimize the imperfections on the tooth.

For flaws between the teeth and to shape and smooth the sides of the tooth, a sandpaper-like strip may also be utilized.

The procedure is capped off with polishing and smoothing. If the reshaping is done alone and without another cosmetic procedure tagging along, no special care or follow-up appointment is needed unless an issue arises following it.

Can Anyone Undergo Tooth Reshaping?

Tooth reshaping is ideal for people who wish to do minimal changes on their teeth. However, it is not advised for people with decayed teeth, infected pulps, or unhealthy gums.

Moreover, like any other treatment, tooth reshaping has its advantages and disadvantages. It is crucial to be aware and weigh down the pros and cons of the procedure before subscribing to it.

What are the Advantages of Tooth Reshaping?

The advantages of tooth reshaping include less cost, painless procedure, improvement of oral health, and can substitute expensive dental treatments.

Tooth reshaping is inexpensive, costing about 50 US Dollars to 300 US Dollars per month based on the amount of work done. A reshaping of a chipped or broken tooth due to an accident or trauma may be covered partially or entirely by your insurance or discount plan. Ask your insurance provider about it.

As mentioned above, the cosmetic dental treatment is a quick and painless procedure which only involves the removal of the enamel. It requires no anesthesia and will generally cause no discomfort.

Tooth reshaping also improves oral health as it removes tartar and plaque that may have build up, lowering the risk of dental problems like tooth decay and periodontal disease.

The treatment can substitute expensive procedures like dental braces as tooth reshaping eliminates minor overlapping, misalignment, and makes the teeth appear straighter. However, this may only be true with minor imperfections.

With the advantages come the disadvantages of tooth reshaping which include little alteration and sensitivity.

What are the Disadvantages of Tooth Reshaping?

Tooth reshaping may be quick and painless, but it also offers less dramatic changes compared to other cosmetic treatments. The procedure only eliminates minor imperfections. For significant enhancements, you might want to consider getting dental veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, or dental bridges.

Because of the removal of the tooth enamel, the outer layer may thin, and the dentin is exposed. The exposure of the dentin can lead to tooth sensitivity.

Disclaimer: The oral health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. Hawaii Family Dental strongly recommends to always consult licensed dentists or other qualified health care professionals for any questions concerning your oral health.


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