Cosmetic dentistry is a specific type of dentistry that focuses on improving the function and appearance of a patient’s smile. In a lot of cases, cosmetic dentistry is elective, but there can often be some restorative benefits that come from it. Depending on the specific type of procedure that you’ll need to have done, most are fairly simple, whereas others are more complex and will require specialized care. Here are five of the most common types of cosmetic dentistry that you might encounter.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings. These are usually made by a dental laboratory and are used when individuals have mild to moderate tooth decay that can not support a filling. In some cases inlays and onlays are used instead of regular direct fillings because they are stronger and will last a lot longer. If individuals do not have any damage to their tooth cusps, the inlay can be placed directly onto the surface of the tooth. If there is extensive damage done to a larger portion of the tooth than an onlay will be used instead of an inlay and will cover the entire damaged surface of the tooth.
Both inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory using composite resin, porcelain or gold. They are then attached to the existing tooth using dental cement, to provide support and strengthen teeth. They also work to restore the shape of the tooth and prevent any further decay from happening.
Using a material that closely resembles tooth enamel, composite bonding is used to repair decayed, damaged, or even discolored teeth. Your dentist will start by drilling out the decay and then apply the composite to the surface of the tooth. Once in place, dentists will sculpt it into the right shape, before curing it using high-intensity light. This procedure provides the illusion of a healthy tooth because it is able to effectively cover the damage that lies beneath the bond. This procedure is one of the most cost-effective cosmetic procedures available to any individual who has tooth decay, chipped, or cracked teeth or worn-down edges.
Dental veneers are custom porcelain or composite restorations made by a dental laboratory to mimic an individual’s natural teeth. Veneers are designed to look realistic, resolving numerous cosmetic issues that many people face. Common problems that are corrected with the use of veneers include crooked teeth, cracked or damaged enamel, and noticeable gaps between teeth.
Teeth whitening is probably one of the most common and most basic cosmetic dentistry procedures. This procedure, also known as teeth bleaching, can be performed in your dentist’s office. You should only have teeth whitening completed after having plaque, tartar, and other debris cleaned off your teeth. Bleaching is done to achieve an even brighter white to your teeth than their natural color. Over time, teeth become stained as a result of food, drinks, medications, and even personal oral hygiene habits. Whitening works to reverse these side-effects, leaving you with a brighter and whiter smile.
For individuals who have lost or missing teeth, implants are designed to replace these teeth. The procedure begins with your dentist inserting a small titanium screw into the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth. This screw will serve as the support for the implant that is to come. Once in place, implants are almost indiscernible from the surrounding natural teeth, once the implant has fully healed and the gums and supporting tissue have fully fused to the implant. Implants are a permanent solution, so long as individuals practice diligent oral hygiene throughout the placement period to ensure that plaque and food debris stay away from the area.
When considering having any cosmetic dental procedures done, it is important to find a dentist that specializes in the procedure you are interested in having done. Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dental procedures to accommodate a wide range of needs for individuals. If you are in need of a cosmetic dental procedure, contact Atlantis Dental Roundhouse today to schedule an appointment.