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When Your Prosthodontist Will Need to Trim Down Your Tooth


Posted on 5/27/2017 by Front Desk
A woman happy with her dental veneers.
Tooth trimming is a procedure that involves removing a small amount of the enamel of selected teeth. While a common procedure used in orthodontics, allowing to fix overcrowding, flared incisors or other issues, it is also used for certain prosthodontic procedures. Here are some instances in which your prosthodontist will need to trim down your tooth.

Veneers

Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are affixed to the front surface of your visible teeth, and are used to cover a variety of imperfections, including gaps, chips, misshapen teeth, teeth that are too short, or discoloration. In order to provide a natural appearance, a small layer of your enamel must first be removed, allowing the veneer to fit flush with your surrounding teeth.

Dental Crowns

A crown is a "cap" that covers a damaged tooth, holding it together, providing strength and sealing out bacteria. They are also used to cover a tooth following a root canal. This restoration can be made from one of several materials, including metal, gold, resin, porcelain and ceramic. While they all have their own unique pros and cons, they do have one thing in common: they all need the affected tooth to be trimmed so that the crown can fit comfortably and naturally in amongst your surrounding teeth.

Fixed Bridge

When you are missing one or two teeth, you may be given a fixed bridge to replace them. A bridge not only restores your smile, as well as your eating and speech abilities, it holds your healthy teeth in place. False teeth are set between two crowns, which attach to the adjacent healthy teeth and anchor the bridge in place.

Long Teeth

If your teeth are different lengths, some longer than others, you run across several issues. For one, your bite is thrown off. You may have trouble eating. You may grind your teeth, resulting in uneven wear. You may also experience TMJ trouble. Tooth trimming can restore your teeth to a uniform length, and solve most, if not all, of these problems.

Tooth trimming is necessary for several prosthodontic procedures. For more information, or if you have any questions, be sure to contact our office today!




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