If your teeth are abnormally long or unusually shaped, consider odontoplasty. At 286 Madison Dental in Midtown Manhattan, the expert dentists use odontoplasty to address cosmetic tooth problems like chips to make smiles more uniform. To see if you’re a candidate for odontoplasty, book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the New York City office today.
Odontoplasty is a type of cosmetic dentistry used to reshape a tooth. During odontoplasty, your dentist uses a special handheld tool to remove small amounts of tooth enamel. This process improves your tooth’s shape, size, length, and surface.
There are no nerves in your tooth enamel, so you don’t have to worry about pain or discomfort. The team at 286 Madison Dental performs odontoplasty on an outpatient basis, meaning you can return home right after your appointment.
The team at 286 Madison Dental uses odontoplasty to treat various issues, including:
You might also benefit from odontoplasty if you’ve worn braces. Following braces removal, it’s normal to have bumps on your teeth due to bonding. Odontoplasty removes those bumps, helping your smile appear more uniform.
The length of time that odontoplasty takes depends on the number of teeth treated. If you only have one tooth that requires shaving, your appointment might take as little as 10 minutes.
If you’re having an entire row of teeth shaved, it can take up to 30 minutes. There’s no downtime or recovery period, so you can return to work and other routine activities right away.
Odontoplasty is safe and typically well-tolerated. You don’t have to worry about any side-effects like bleeding, swelling, or pain.
The only thing that changes is the overall appearance of your treated teeth. Because your tooth enamel can’t grow back, you only need to undergo odontoplasty once.
Most insurance providers consider odontoplasty a cosmetic procedure, so it typically isn’t covered by insurance.
That said, every carrier is different. If you have questions about your policy, the team at 286 Madison Dental recommends reaching out to your insurance provider before scheduling an appointment.
Odontoplasty is incredibly effective, but it isn’t right for everyone. If you have a cavity or extremely sensitive teeth, the team might recommend an alternative treatment like dental bonding, dental crowns, or veneers.
To explore odontoplasty, request a consultation at 286 Madison Dental. Book an appointment with the online scheduling tool or call the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today.