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Do you have a tooth that you feel could use improvement because it’s misshapen or looks unattractive? If so, you may already be considering receiving cosmetic dental treatment such as tooth contouring to create the beautiful smile you desire. Before receiving cosmetic tooth contouring, you and our dentist will need to determine that your smile is healthy enough to undergo treatment.

First of all, we will need to ensure that your tooth enamel on the affected tooth is thick enough to have a few millimeters of tooth enamel removed while reshaping the tooth without weakening the structure. Our team can take dental X-rays to assess the thickness of your tooth enamel, and if seems to be too thin, we can recommend an alternative cosmetic treatment such as a dental veneer or dental crown.

Another criteria is whether you have healthy gums and teeth in case your smile is at risk of developing certain dental issues that compromise the tooth and its surrounding tissues. For example, gum disease could corrupt your bone structure to the point that it can no longer support cosmetic dental treatment. Our dentist will gladly discuss your options for cosmetic treatment if tooth contouring isn’t ideal due to an unhealthy tooth or inflamed gums.

For more information about tooth contouring treatment in Memphis, Tennessee, and whether you are a candidate, we encourage you to contact Dr. J. Whitley Wills at 901-726-9525 and arrange a consultation with Dr. J. Whitley Wills.