What is Included in Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a professional oral care method that focuses on enhancing the appearance of your smile, mouth and teeth. Most cosmetic dentistry procedures are elective (a matter of choice), rather than essential. But in some cases, they do provide restorative benefits. Some of the cosmetic dentistry procedures are quite simple while others tend to be more complicated and need specialized care. We at Luck Dental Clinic offer all types of cosmetic dentistry services including:
1. Composite Bonding
In this procedure, decayed, discolored or damaged teeth are repaired using a specialized material that looks like natural tooth enamel. The dentist will first drill out all the decayed portion of the tooth and the composite will be applied to the tooth’s surface. They will then sculpt it into the appropriate shape before using a high-intensity light to cure it. This technique is very effective in covering tooth damage and resembles a healthy tooth. Bonding is used to fix problems like cracked, chipped or decaying teeth.
2. Onlays and Inlays
These are also referred to as indirect fillings. They are used when there is mild to moderate tooth decay or even when the tooth structure isn’t sufficient to support filings. As long as the tooth cusps are intact, the inlay will be placed on the tooth surface directly. If there is severe damage to a large portion of the tooth, an overlay will be used to cover the entire surface of the tooth.
Both, overlays and inlays are made in dental labs from a special composite resin material. An adhesive dental cement is used to attach these overlays to the teeth. They restore the shape of the teeth, prevent further deterioration or decay and support the teeth as well.
3. Teeth Whitening/Teeth Bleaching
Teeth whitening and teeth bleaching are very basic cosmetic dentistry procedures performed at the dentist’s office or at home. The plaque, debris and tartar are carefully removed from the surfaces of all the teeth before carrying out the whitening treatment. Whitening helps restore the appearance of your natural teeth, giving you a brighter and more attractive smile. The teeth bleaching procedure is used to give your teeth a lighter shade then their original color.
Teeth tend to become worn and stained from drinks, food, smoking, medication etc. In some cases, the dentist may recommend the use of specialized toothpastes that can help you maintain the whiteness of your teeth over the long term.
Dental implants are prosthetics that are used to replace missing teeth. A titanium ‘root’ is inserted into the jaw at the point where the missing tooth was. Once the screw bonds well with the jawbone, a crown is fitted on it. Implants look very real and aren’t distinguishable from your natural teeth. These prosthetics are standalone features and don’t need the support of adjacent teeth like bridges do. This makes them a good option for replacing single or multiple teeth. But implants aren’t for everyone and the dentist will assess the strength of the underlying bone before recommending dental plants for you.
5. Dental Veneers
Medical-grade ceramic is used to manufacture dental veneers. These are customized to each patient and resembles natural teeth. Dental veneers resolve a number of cosmetic issues including damaged/cracked enamel, crooked teeth, large gaps between teeth etc. A dental adhesive is used to apply the veneer to the front surface of each tooth.
If you’re considering any cosmetic dentistry procedures, it’s important that you find an experienced cosmetic dentist who offers all-round services. We at Luck Dental Clinic offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services in a state-of-the-art clinic setting. You can rest assured that you will get tailored treatments that help you get a stunning and sparkling smile.
If you would like more information about our cosmetic dentistry services, schedule a visit with one of our expert doctors. Contact Luck Dental Clinic via this form or simply call us at (715) 472-2211 to fix an appointment.