Cosmetic dentistry involves several dental procedures that mainly intends to alter the aesthetics of one's teeth. Some of the procedures not only make your smile look aesthetically pleasing, but also improve the functionality of the mouth by restoring damaged teeth. Here are some of the popular procedures included in cosmetic dentistry:
Filling: A filling is used when a cavity has developed on a tooth due to the accumulation of bacteria. The dentist cleans the cavity to remove all the bacteria and uses composite resinous fillings to fill the gap.
Crowns: Crowns are dental restorations that are cap-like and are placed over one's teeth for better aesthetic and structural integrity. When a patient's tooth has a crack, fracture, or a very large filling, crowns are placed over them to keep it intact. Crowns prevent further crack propagation on the teeth and also make their appearance better.
Inlays/Onlays: Inlays are indirect fillings made from porcelain or ceramic. They are molded in a laboratory according to the shape and size of a cavity. They are fitted into the cavity and bonded with the help of dental adhesives. Onlays help in restoring a severely worn out cusp of a tooth.
Dental veneers: They are ceramic, or porcelain structures used to improve the aesthetics of one's teeth and also treat minor cracks. The dentist takes a highly precise digital mold of your damaged tooth and uses it to fabricate a veneer from ceramic. It will then be bonded to the frontal surface of your tooth.
Composite bonding: This procedure is similar to a dental filling, with the only difference being the filling material. Here, the dentist uses a composite material to fill the cavities and cracks and then hardens with the help of high-intensity light. It gives a natural appearance as the filling looks exactly like enamel. It can also reshape teeth that are chipped or misshapen.
Bridges: Bridges fill the gap between teeth that occurs due to missing teeth. When a tooth is extracted due to cavities or external injuries, bridges can be inserted in their place. They are ceramic structures which look exactly like natural teeth.
Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening procedure is for the teeth that have been discolored and need cleansing. The dentist uses a teeth whitening gel rich in hydrogen peroxide for this purpose. In recent days, laser teeth whitening is extensively used for a quicker process.
Dentures: Dentures are used when a person has lost all his/her teeth. They are custom made according to a person's gums and jawbones. Unlike bridges and crowns, they are removable. They are easily removable and can be taken off whenever you have to. Also, cleaning them is pretty simple, which helps to keep them in good shape.
Cosmetic dentistry has gained a lot of popularity in recent times. The advancements in the field of dentistry have allowed patients to get the best treatment in the most non-invasive way possible.
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