If you have a tooth that has been flawed by a fracture, chip, or crack, our dentist may recommend cosmetic dental contouring to improve its appearance and prevent further dental problems by removing some tooth enamel to alter the shape of the tooth. After the completion of the dental contouring procedure, the strength of the tooth may benefit from fluoride exposure.
As long as your teeth still have tooth enamel in healthy amounts, you may be a good candidate for cosmetic tooth contouring. However, if the damage to your teeth has risk dentin or pulp layer exposure or the teeth have experienced heavy dental work during previous procedures, a cosmetic dental crown may be a more fitting option to maintain the tooth.
If the tooth enamel is healthy enough for a cosmetic tooth shaping procedure, we may also recommend fluoride exposure through professional fluoride treatment or a concentrated fluoride toothpaste. Exposure to fluoride can strengthen the mineral density of the enamel to withstand any risks of tooth decay. Studies performed regarding fluoride have shown that it can fortify the tooth enamel to the point that it reduces the risk of tooth decay and helps the remaining tooth enamel withstand a lifetime of use and wear.
Please feel free to schedule a visit to Maddox Family Dental Center by calling 765-348-4111 if you are interested in speaking with our dentist, Dr. Raymond Maddox, about fluoride treatment following dental contouring in Hartford City, Indiana.