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How a Cosmetic Dentist Can Restore Your Smile With Dental Restorations
For those who find it hard to smile in public because of imperfections of the mouth or teeth, a cosmetic dentist can adjust the appearance of a smile with dental restorations. Several procedures are available in cosmetic dentistry to help people improve the aesthetic appeal and function of oral structures such as teeth and gums.
Dental restoration options
Dental restorations are various procedures that allow the cosmetic dentist to replace missing teeth or restore the lost part of a tooth structure. Structural impairment may occur due to decay, deterioration, accident or infection. The following are examples of dental restorations:
Dental fillings are the preferred treatment for treating tooth decay or cavities. Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in the mouth convert food debris to acid that eats away into the tooth enamel. If neglected, tooth decay may worsen into an infection that may necessitate root canal or tooth removal. The most effective way to deal with tooth decay to use dental fillings. The fillings material can be an amalgam, metal or composite resin. Composite resin is usually used these days because it can be customized to blend with the tooth.
Veneers are pre-fabricated dental restorations used to mask cosmetic defects such as discoloration, chips, fracture or crookedness. Veneers are directly bonded to the teeth. They are fabricated in a dental lab using tooth impressions provided by the cosmetic dentist.
These function as tooth caps to protect a damaged tooth. Dental crowns can be made from porcelain or by fusing other metals with ceramic material. Dental crowns can be used to restore tooth structure, cover tooth stains, protect a heavily filled tooth or strengthen a tooth after root canal therapy. The dentist will shave down the affected tooth so that it can hold the new crown, then an impression will be taken and sent to the dental lab that will produce the crown. Some dental offices have CEREC technology on site that allows them to complete the dental crown procedure in a single dental appointment.
Tooth-colored bonding materials can be used to restore broken or chipped tooth, close excess gaps between teeth or fill a decayed tooth. The procedure entails applying the bonding material over the affected tooth and hardening it with a special curing light.
Implants are often the recommended option available for replacing missing teeth. The implant mimics the natural function of the tooth and supports a dental crown. It allows patients who have lost their teeth to regain dental functions along with their natural smile.
A dental bridge is designed to replace one or two missing teeth. It entails anchoring a false tooth in between two healthy teeth for support. It is a cheaper and practical alternative to dental implants, especially when replacing multiple teeth.
A cosmetic dentist with the required training can handle a variety of dental restorations. By the end of your treatment, you should have a beautiful and fully functional smile.
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