Tooth reshaping is a process where a dental healthcare professional can alter the shape of the teeth. It is most commonly used in situations such as a tooth that is slightly longer. Having a tooth that is longer than neighboring teeth can cause discomfort in chewing or biting. Tooth reshaping is used for cosmetic purposes as well. For example, shortening a tooth that appears to be uneven. It can even reshape teeth that may be crooked or misshapen.
If you are considering tooth reshaping, you should contact Mark Levy, DDS at (614) 777-7350. Dr. Levy has extensive experience with tooth reshaping, and he is more than happy to spend some time visiting with you and reviewing your situation. He can explain the process to you and answer any questions you may have. For a brief overview of the tooth reshaping process, read on.
The first thing Dr. Levy will do is inspect your teeth. He will look for obvious signs of wear and tear, particularly in the areas where your teeth come together. These areas are obvious candidates for the tooth reshaping process.
Next, Dr. Levy will carefully x-ray the areas where he intends to perform the tooth reshaping procedure. He will use the x-ray equipment to look under the enamel of the tooth and determine where the soft sensitive tissue (the pulp) of the tooth is.
After carefully examining the x-rays of your teeth, Dr. Levy will carefully use a specialized laser or dentist drill to remove just enough enamel to shape the tooth into the form he wants it to be. Tooth reshaping does require the removal of the excess tooth material; however, be assured that Dr. Levy has significant experience with the procedure, and he will take all the necessary precautions to minimize any discomfort on your part.
After the tooth reshaping process has been completed, Dr. Levy will carefully polish the tooth or teeth that have been reshaped. This entire process can be accomplished in as little as 30 minutes for each tooth; however, the exact time your tooth reshaping process will take does of course depend upon the extent of the work that is necessary in your case.
Depending on the situation with your teeth, Dr. Levy may follow the tooth reshaping process with a procedure called bonding. In bonding, Dr. Levy will apply a specialized dental resin that has the consistency of putty to your teeth.
This bonding adheres to the teeth on its own; however, to aid in this process, it may be necessary to lightly etch the surface of your teeth. In some cases Dr. Levy may use a dental liquid that is specially formulated to improve the adherence of the bonding to your teeth; he will paint your teeth with this liquid before applying the bonding.
Bonding is typically used when the tooth reshaping process leaves some gaps or other unsightly areas of your teeth. The bonding compound, once applied to your teeth, is shaped and then hardened through the use of a special light. Once it has been hardened, it appears exactly as your natural tooth would, although it is typically not as durable as your natural teeth—or other dental constructions, for that matter.
Of course, every mouth is different, and every person has a unique situation, but usually tooth reshaping can be a permanent solution to your dental issues. This is especially true if the only thing wrong with your smile is a tooth that is slightly too long.
On the other hand, your teeth undergo a tremendous amount of wear and tear during everyday use, and you may find that the tooth reshaping process is only a temporary solution on the way to some other, more permanent, solution such as dental implants, crowns, or veneers.
If you are wondering whether tooth reshaping is for you, call Mark Levy, DDS at (614) 777-7350. Set up an appointment to come in and discuss the procedure with Dr. Levy. While finding out general information about the process through Internet research is a good first step, keep in mind that your unique situation must be taken into consideration before you decide on the best course of action for you.
Dr. Levy is happy to sit down with you and explain the process. What’s more, he wants to be sure that you are educated as to the best way to proceed, and he will make sure you have all the information you need to make the best choice for yourself. He won’t be happy until you’re happy, so feel free to set up your appointment today.