Published On: Tue, Apr 30th, 2019

4 Increasingly Popular Options For Repairing Jagged Teeth

One of the most common complaints that people have about their teeth is that they are jagged. Jagged teeth are the consequences of years of wear and tear to the edges of our teeth. Usually the condition is a purely aesthetic concern, with dental patients constantly seeking to improve their smile. Jagged teeth don’t have to be embarrassing, they can be easily altered, and treatments for them are rarely painful. Here we take a look at four options for jagged teeth which are becoming increasingly popular in the world of dentistry.

 

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Contouring, or recontouring 

Contouring, or recontouring, is simply the reshaping of the teeth. Small amounts of tooth enamel are gently ground away or reshaped in order to alter the tooth’s shape, length, or surface. This is a conservative cosmetic treatment which doesn’t require anaesthesia. The procedure is quick, painless, and produces instant results. Contouring is an effective method if you’re looking to correct minor imperfections, such as smoothing bulges or pits in tooth enamel, adjusting irregular tooth shapes, altering the canine length, and fixing small chips. Recontouring also has long-term benefits, as the treatment improves overall dental health by removing crevices or overlaps between teeth – places where tartar and plaque can accumulate.

Veneers 

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain which are used to recreate the natural look of teeth, without compromising on the strength and resilience of natural tooth enamel. The thin shells fit over the entire tooth above the gum line, and you can choose between traditional and minimally invasive. Traditional veneers are irreversible, as they remove some natural tooth enamel. However, minimally invasive veneers can be so thin that the original tooth structure can remain intact. Veneers are becoming increasingly popular as a cosmetic solution, with patients looking to straighten their smile and correct issues like chips and fractures.

Composite bonding 

Composite bonding involves using tooth-coloured composite resin to repair cracks, chips, or broken teeth. A small amount of this resin is added to the affected tooth to improve its colour, general appearance, and proportions. As it sets, the resin is sculpted to the desired shape. As the composite perfectly matches the colour of your teeth, this is a subtle and natural solution to jagged teeth. Composite bonding is also more affordable than other cosmetic dental treatments like veneers. Try teeth bonding from Ten Dental if you’re feeling self-conscious about your jagged teeth.

Replacing teeth 

If your teeth are jagged because of damage to them, it may be the case that a cosmetic repair is not possible. For severely jagged teeth, the most advisable treatment is to extract the tooth altogether, replacing it with a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture. This treatment is not usually a painful one and the recovery time is minimal. However, if your tooth has been extracted, you must return to your dentist for follow-up visits. Having your tooth replaced with a natural-looking prosthetic can take up to several months, so ensure that you can commit to this.