Cosmetic dentistry mainly focuses on improving the aesthetics of your mouth, teeth and smile and although they are generally elective, and not essential, in some cases they do offer restorative benefits. Some of these procedures are uncomplicated while others are more complex and require specialised care.
1. Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are considered indirect fillings which are fabricated in a lab and are used for teeth with mild to moderate decay and when the tooth is lacking the structure to support the filling. The inlay is placed straight onto the tooth surface (provided that the tooth cusps are not damaged). In the event of the cusp of a larger portion of the tooth is impaired, an onlay is used to cover the whole surface area of the tooth.
2. Composite Bonding
This procedure refers to the reparation of damaged, discoloured or decayed teeth while making use of material that is close to the same colour of tooth enamel. The tooth decay gets drilled out after which the composite is applied onto the tooth’s surface and sculpted into the right shape before it is cured with a high-intensity light. The “bonding” covers the damaged areas on the tooth and give it the appearance of a healthy tooth instead. Bonding is one of the less pricey cosmetic dentistry procedures obtainable for patients with chipped or cracked teeth, tooth decay and worn-down edges.
3. Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are usually manufactured from medical-grade ceramic and are made exclusively for each patient to resemble their natural teeth. Dentist Mark L Civin can make them look remarkably realistic and can fix various cosmetic problems like cracked or damaged enamel, crooked teeth and noticeable gaps between teeth. The veneer is placed to the front of each tooth with a dental adhesive.
4. Teeth Whitening
Teeth bleaching or whitening is one of the most elementary dentistry procedures and can be done at the dentist’s office. Firstly, tartar, plaque and other debris get cleaned from the teeth surface after which the whitening is done. Teeth can become worn or stained from drinks, medication or food and smoking over the years. Particular kinds of toothpaste can be used for teeth whitening, but many patients prefer bleaching at a dentist’s office since they can achieve an even lighter shade than the original colour of the teeth.
5. Dental Implants
Implants are used for patients to replace missing teeth. A small titanium screw is inserted into the jaw at the location of the missing tooth which will serve as the support for a crown. Implants are almost identical to the surrounding natural teeth, and once the supporting tissue and bone are fused to the implant, they will be permanently fixed into place. It is essential for patients to diligently practice oral hygiene during the timeframe of implant placement to keep the area free from plaque and food debris.