Cosmetic dentistry involves a spectrum of dental procedures that alter the esthetics of a smile. Not only will this esthetic result be pleasing to you and others, but the functionality of the bite and mouth are improved. Here are some popular procedures that produce esthetic outcomes.
Moderately damaged teeth affected by decay or injury may be conservatively repaired with tooth-colored composites that match the appearance and function of a tooth.
More extensively damaged teeth can be treated with a crown. Teeth that are cracked, fractured, or have been severely damaged by decay or infection may receive crowns to keep the remaining tooth intact and functional. Crowns surround and cover the entire tooth and are sometimes called caps.
Inlays and onlays are both fabricated in a dental lab and are more conservative than crowns but offer better restorative possibilities and precision than fillings. They are usually made from hardened ceramic glass or oven-treated composite.
Veneers are used on anterior teeth to mask stain, treat moderate chips, or improve color, shape, or contour. They are thin and cover only the front surface of an anterior tooth. They are more conservative than full crowns.
Bridges replace missing teeth and permanently attach to adjacent teeth. Bridges can also be supported by implant abutments.
Dentures are a removable solution for missing teeth but can also be used with implants to firmly retain the denture, but still allowing denture removal with an implant snap retainer.