Tooth Recontouring Can Eliminate Minor Imperfections in Your Smile

If you have kept your smile hidden because your teeth are misshapen, chipped, or not uniform in size, you are not alone. While there are many cosmetic options available to address cosmetic concerns, tooth recontouring is often recommended to change a tooth's shape, size, and surface. 

Living Life Dentistry in Knoxville, TN, has offered caring, compassionate dental care for over 35 years. Tooth recontouring is just one of the many procedures we can perform to enhance your smile, including smile makeovers, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, and dentures.

Before and after tooth recontouring
Tooth recontouring can completely rejuvenate your smile with only minor changes to your teeth.

What Is Tooth Recontouring?

Tooth recontouring or dental contouring is simply a procedure that reshapes the teeth. During your treatment, small amounts of enamel are removed from the tooth in order to change its length, shape, or surface. As one of the more conservative approaches in cosmetic dentistry, this procedure is typically quick and painless. You will end up with teeth that are more uniform in size and shape and with a more even bite, so you that you are always proud to smile for family photos and special events.

Who Is a Candidate for Tooth Recontouring?

Tooth recontouring is a good option if you are unhappy with relatively minor imperfections such as:

  • Small chips
  • Bulges or pits in the tooth enamel
  • Irregular tooth shapes
  • The length of canine teeth

It can also remove crevices or overlaps between teeth, which can increase the risk of plaque build-up.

However, your teeth need to be in good health, overall. Tooth recontouring is generally not recommended for substantial imperfections or large chips or deep fractures. If the enamel in your teeth is thin and the nerves are close to the surface, removing enamel is probably not in your best interest. You may want to consider alternative cosmetic dental procedures, such as porcelain veneers.

What Can You Expect During Your Appointment?

If you are interested in tooth recontouring, your dentist will want to take x-rays to make sure you are a good candidate. In particular, Dr. Kinder will determine the location of the pulp in your teeth, which contain blood vessels and nerves. If the pulp is too close to the surface of the tooth, or if the enamel is eroded or thin, tooth recontouring may not be feasible.

Living Life Dentistry has been serving families with advanced dental care for more than 35 years. 

If the procedure does seem appropriate, the doctor will then mark your teeth to highlight areas that need to be contoured. The procedure itself does not require anesthesia of any kind. Your dentist will use a fine diamond bur to smooth and remove imperfections in the enamel. Thin sandpaper-like material might be used to remove enamel between the teeth. Once he had achieved the desired shape, the dentist will polish your teeth to remove any leftover debris before you can go home. If you do not require any follow-up procedures like veneers or bonding, you will typically not need to attend a second visit.

Contact Living Life Dentistry

Living Life Dentistry has been serving families with advanced dental care for more than 35 years. We treat patients of all ages, from children to adults. We offer cosmetic and restorative dental procedures, including tooth recontouring, at our state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Gary Kinder and his staff are dedicated to providing care enhanced by advanced training and continuing education. We accept most insurance plans and major credit cards. We also offer CareCredit® payment plans. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

Dr. Gary Kinder

Living Life Dentistry

At Living Life Dentistry, Dr. Gary Kinder provides comprehensive dental services to patients throughout Knoxville, TN in a calm and welcoming environment. We offer a range of services such as:

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Family Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentistry

For more information about our office, contact us online or call (865) 539-6030.

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