Do you have a chip in one or more teeth? Do you get bothered when you feel a rough or uneven spot on one of your teeth with your tongue? Enamel shaping may be the right solution for you if you are experiencing one or more of these problems. Enamel shaping works best in situations where the physical defects are relatively minor. If you have a deep fracture or large chip missing from your tooth, dental bonding or veneers may be more appropriate.
How Does the Procedure Work?
During enamel shaping, Dr. Hazzouri will use a sanding disk or fine diamond burst to remove about 1 to 2 millimeters of tooth enamel as needed. You’ll be relieved to know there are no nerves in your enamel. You might feel the pressure on your teeth and have a keen awareness your teeth are being worked on, but you will not experience pain. Anesthetic is usually not required in this procedure.
In some cases, the process can result in your teeth becoming more sensitive. If this is the case, toothpaste made especially for people with sensitive teeth is recommended.
After your teeth have been properly reshaped, they will be polished. The procedure is relatively quick, as it typically takes under an hour, and you’ll notice the difference immediately.
While the results are immediate, keep in mind they’re also permanent. Make sure to communicate clearly with Dr. Hazzouri what you would like to have done. If you think your teeth could be repaired with enamel shaping, contact our office now and Dr. Hazzouri will let you know how he can help!