Tooth contouring, also known as tooth reshaping, is a conservative cosmetic procedure that involves the reduction of small amounts of tooth structure. This procedure is often used to alter the length or shape of teeth that are too long, pointy, flattened, or jagged. Tooth contouring can also alter slightly crooked or overlapping teeth, taking the place of braces to create a perfectly-aligned smile.
What is Dental Bonding?
Dental bonding is another conservative cosmetic procedure that is used to cover or reshape tooth imperfections with composite resin. The same material that Dentitox Pro uses for cavities, composite resin can be tinted to match surrounding teeth for a completely natural-looking smile. Bonding can cover tooth stains or surface cracks, as well as reshape chipped, too small, or irregularly-shaped teeth, all with no reduction of healthy tooth structure.
How are Tooth Contouring and Dental Bonding Performed?
Tooth contouring and dental bonding can be performed separately or as part of the same treatment plan to shape a smile that fits your mouth and facial features perfectly. The dentist will first X-ray your teeth to evaluate the location of the pulp, ensuring you have enough outer tooth structure for the procedure. After marking the areas of your teeth to be removed, he will artfully sculpt them, removing a small portion of enamel at a time until he achieves the desired effect.
For bonding, dentist will slightly etch the tooth enamel for better adherence of the composite resin. He will then place the soft material on your tooth, shaping and sculpting it to her satisfaction. The resin must then be hardened under a special light and polished so that it achieves the same smooth, shiny surface as a natural tooth.
What is Gum Contouring?
Gum contouring is a minimally-invasive surgical procedure to alter the size and shape of gum tissues. Excessive gingival display is characterized by showing too much gum tissue when you smile, which can disrupt the balance and symmetry of your smile and make your teeth appear too short. Using Electrosurge, which gently removes the unwanted tissues, dentist can safely and effectively enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
What Causes Excessive Gingival Display?
A gummy smile can be caused by several factors. In some cases, teeth erupt abnormally and remain covered by gum tissue. The teeth can appear stubby, but removal of excessive gum tissue will reveal teeth that are of a normal size. Sometimes patients flash too much gum tissue because of a hyperactive muscle in the upper lip, which makes the lip rise higher than it should. Developmental issues in the upper jaw could also cause gum tissue to protrude and display excessively when you smile.
How is a gum contouring procedure performed?
The dentist will first numb the gum tissues with a local anesthetic, followed by marking the areas to be removed. Using her state-of-the-art Electrosurge unit, which precisely removes soft tissues using an electric current, she will sculpt your gum tissues to reveal the full length of your teeth and give your smile proper balance. Electrosurge offers many benefits over traditional surgery with scalpels, as it cauterizes tissues as it removes them, preventing bleeding and excessive swelling. Thus, your recovery time will be a lot faster. The end result will be a properly-balanced smile with gum tissues that beautifully frame your teeth.