Teeth Contouring / Crown Lengthening
Teeth Chipped or Small? Teeth Contouring Can Fix Both Problems
Many times when the patient smiles, and this is something I think is unfortunately missed sometimes is that they would ideally have a longer teeth. When they smile, there are these people that sometimes when they smile, they smile and their tooth looks short, but they're showing a lot gum. In order to improve that smile the way to do it is not by lengthening the tooth. By just adding to the end, then all of a sudden their tooth is actually too long, but they're still showing a lot of gum. By crown lengthening, you're actually able to raise the level of the gum tissue which exposes more of the tooth that's underneath, so you're able to achieve a more aesthetic looking tooth. Instead of now a square, it's getting to its more rectangular, granted there's curves and other things that soften that rectangle. Now when they smile, they're not only showing less gum tissue but they're actually showing a more aesthetic smile. That's a really nice way of being, sometimes you're able to do that without even having to come back and place a restoration such as a veneer or crown.
For whatever reason, sometimes patients teeth don't erupt all the way or when they did erupt they tended to bring some of the gum tissue along with it. Sometimes it's a very simple procedure, just numbing them up, going in and removing a millimeter or two millimeters, which doesn't sound like a lot. With a tooth, if you're able to increase the length of it especially if it's short by a couple of millimeters, makes a huge effect. You just contour the tissue and then other times you're just able to contour the tooth if you want to soften the way it looks. Sometimes people want what I would say is a stronger smile, they don't like all the curves or they don't like the little bumps at the end of the teeth, the fancy name is called mamelons.
Sometimes people have a bite that they don't use the edge of their teeth so they end up having these three little bumps on the end. They'll come in and go, “I want those gone, I would just like those to be flatter.” Very conservatively you can just re-contour the enamel and you get a nicer looking tooth or get a patient that's happier. Some of it is subjective, what you would maybe want on your tooth is different than what I would want. Everything goes back to the listening part is what do they want? What is it exactly? Putting that mirror in their hands and having them describe what it is that they would like to see.
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What Is Teeth Contouring?
As you get older, your teeth can become damaged with chips, uneven edges, or small cracks. Teeth contouring, a quick cosmetic dentistry treatment where we carefully remove thin amounts of enamel, can smooth your teeth into their ideal shape.
How Does Teeth Contouring Work?
Teeth contouring is both a science and an art. First, we will carefully measure your teeth and then create a diagnostic wax-up or model of your teeth and gums. This allows both you and your dentist, Dr. Laos or Dr. Yoshikane, to better visualize and plan your exact contouring procedure.
How Does A Dental Laser Help?
Many dental offices use a tool similar to a sander to remove enamel and smooth out the tooth’s surface. But at Volterra Dental, we have a special dental laser for this task. It works just as well but with much more accuracy and speed.
Can I Benefit From Teeth Contouring?
For some people, the enamel on a given tooth is already thin. Removing any more enamel, even with a dental laser, could run the risk of increasing that tooth’s sensitivity to heat and cold. However, many people are good candidates for this treatment, and several of our patients have combined it with other cosmetic dentistry options for a total smile makeover.
What Is Crown Lengthening?
The same dental laser that can remove enamel can be used to remove excess gum tissue. This gives the appearance of having lengthened the crown, the visible part of your teeth.