what is enameloplasty
Enameloplasty, also known as odontoplasty, is when the enamel is shaved down to be reshaped or contoured. It is often used in treatments such as preparation for veneers or lumineers or to prepare a tooth for the attachment of a dental crown or fillings.
Enameloplasty is commonly performed for cosmetic reasons to restore the appearance of the teeth. It is also sometimes used for purposes of tooth restoration after a tooth has been severely damaged.
A tooth may be too sharp, uneven, chipped, cracked, or too long. The tooth is then shaved, shaped, and contoured to create a perfectly uniform appearance among the teeth.
Understanding the procedure
what is the process like?
Your teeth will first be examined to ensure that enameloplasty is right for you and x-rays will be taken to get a closer look at the health of your teeth. Once you’ve been approved for the treatment, your teeth will be cleaned before Dr. Molly Hottenstein uses dental instruments used to reshape the tooth such as a burr, dental drill, or a sanding disc.
After your enamel has been shaved down, it will be contoured and refined into a more precise shape, smoothed, and polished. While an anesthetic is typically not needed, we can administer a sedative to help you relax. The treatment takes just about 30 minutes and you will be able to return to your normal diet right away.
what to expect
does enameloplasty hurt?
No, enameloplasty is not painful. We only shave down a very thin layer of the tooth’s enamel. The enamel is the outermost layer of the tooth and does not contain any nerve endings. Because of this, the procedure is not painful and does not require an anesthetic.
However, we understand that the loud sound of drills and dental procedures, in general, can cause anxiety in many of our patients. Our orthodontists in Wyomissing would be more than happy to offer you dental sedation to put you at ease during the enameloplasty.
It is a quick and painless procedure requiring no recovery time, food restrictions, or specific aftercare. You can expect to walk out of the dental office with a better smile, feeling comfortable and more confident.
prepare for dental costs
is enameloplasty covered by insurance?
Whether or not enameloplasty will be covered by your insurance depends on your specific dental plan and the reason you are seeking the treatment. If the enameloplasty is being performed specifically for cosmetic reasons then this is unlikely to be covered by insurance.
However, your insurance may cover costs if it is being used to repair the tooth as a result of damage that occurred in an accident. At Molly Hottenstein Orthodontics, we accept most insurance benefits and participate directly with some of the biggest insurance providers.
While enameloplasty will not always be covered by dental insurance because it is considered a cosmetic procedure, it is a much more cost-effective treatment to restore the appearance of the teeth in comparison to veneers. Veneers also have to be continually replaced whereas enameloplasty is a permanent procedure.
contact us about enameloplasty today!
If you’re interested in enameloplasty or want to find out more about the procedure, contact us at Molly Hottenstein Orthodontics today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Molly Hottenstein to find out if enameloplasty is right for you.