What is Enameloplasty?
Enamel refers to the hard exterior coating of a tooth. An Enameloplasty is a cosmetic procedure when the outer layer of the tooth is reshaped or recontoured. This gives the tooth a nicer, smoother, often more youthful, appearance. Enameloplasty is essentially what occurs during minimally invasive veneer preps to allow proper reduction for a porcelain veneer to fit over the teeth.
Enameloplasty is often done when teeth are lightly chipped, uneven, pointed, or contain small bumps in the enamel. These imperfections may happen for any number of reasons like grinding ones teeth, biting onto hard substances, or just plain wear over time.
What’s important is that Dr. Krusich can restore your confident smile in just one appointment in our Overland Park office by recontouring or reshaping the tooth. And, most patients find the procedure absolutely painless too.
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Advantages & Disadvantages of Enameloplasty
Advantages of Enameloplasty
- A single office visit can reshape and restore your smile.
- Most patients find the procedure to be completely painless.
- Much less expensive than veneers or crowns.
- Retain more of your natural tooth without addition of a restoration that would require more maintenance or replacement over the years.
Disadvantages of Enameloplasty
- Removal of enamel is a permanent procedure and can’t be reversed.
- Only so much of a tooth can be removed without increasing it’s sensitivity or keeping an esthetic shape or size
What to Expect With Enameloplasty
- Dr. Krusich will consult with you and your specific objectives.
- One of our hygienists will clean and polish your teeth.
- Without any sedation necessary, Dr. Krusich will file your tooth to achieve your desired look.
- Dr. Krusich will show you the progress, and together, you’ll decide where else to perform any reshaping.
- The newly shaped tooth will be polished again.
- You’re free to go home, return to work, or even immediately grab a meal afterwards.
Insurance and Enameloplasty
Each Enameloplasty case is unique and therefore, costs vary widely. It is considered a cosmetic procedure and as such, the major dental insurance providers like Delta Dental, MetLife, Cigna and others, don’t cover the cost of the procedure. Becky at the front desk can work with Dr. Krusich to provide an estimate on what your Enameloplasty will cost though.
Because Enameloplasty isn’t that invasive, the procedure isn’t usually overly expensive. Most patients simply write a check or charge the visit. Others may find Care Credit, our healthcare credit card provider to be a useful option too.
If you have concerns about your smile, talk to Dr. Krusich or your hygienist’s, Tricia or Erin. They will determine if Enameloplasty is right for you. And if you’d ever like to come in and just talk to Dr. Krusich for a free consultation, call our front desk at 913-383-2600 and schedule an appointment today.