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Cosmetic Dentistry refers to the dental work aimed at improving the appearance of personâ€™s facial features by correcting inborn defects or defects caused by diseases or trauma involving teeth. Though American Dental Association does not consider cosmetic dentistry as a specialty of dentistry, the term is used by many dentists to sell their services to patients. However, two areas of dentistry, namely Orthodontics and Prosthodontics focus on the cosmetic aspects of the treatments.
Options available in Cosmetic Dentistry:
- Provision of additional material on teeth to cover the defects with porcelain veneers, crowns and gum grafts.
- Removing tooth structures to enhance the aesthetics as in enameloplasty.
- Enhancing the appearance with operations like whitening, straightening of teeth as in Orthodontic procedures.
Common Procedures of Cosmetic Dentistry
Whitening or tooth bleaching is a common procedure that drastically improves the aesthetic appearance of teeth and face. Though some off-the-counter whitening products are available, commonly treatments with dentist are recommended for this task
Tooth can be reshaped by removing the tiny layers of enamels to correct small chips, alter the size of the tooth or reshape the teeth. This is also called odontoplasty or enameloplasty. Many times this simple procedure can avoid using braces to correct dental defects.
Bonding is a procedure that a special bonding material is applied to the surface of teeth and after hardening, it is shaped and polished to get the perfect shape covering all the defects.
Dental bridges, also known as pontics are actually false teeth that are fused in between porcelain crowns and they are placed to cover the missing teeth. The crowns are attached to adjacent teeth of the missing gap and hence it is called bridge. These cannot be removed once fixed. If there is only one adjacent tooth, then cantilever bridges are used.
Veneers made of porcelain or based composite materials that can give a stunning improvement to the appearance of your teeth. These are ultra-thin laminates designed to suit a specific tooth made in laboratory after taking the impression of the tooth prepared for the procedure. They are used to disguise the discolored or broken teeth. The preparation involves the reduction in the size of tooth by removing minutely layer of tooth.
Bite Reclamation is yet another cosmetic dentistry procedure that takes care of restoring the vertical dimension of teeth which are worn out by mechanical wear or acid reflux. The procedure will make remarkable facelift giving it a closed look.
Gingival cosmetic surgery or gingival graft is part of periodontal plastic surgery intended to cover the tooth rot area with grafted tissues. This has objectives of avoiding root exposure, decreased sensitivity as well as cosmetic improvement. A common procedure adopted involves removal of tissue from patientâ€™s palate and is relocated at the point of gum recession. This also helps in increasing the thickness of thin gum tissues. With the availability of micro-surgical operations the procedure is done with high rate of success and is done with minimum discomfort.
The various options of cosmetic dentistry are not only part of maintaining good dental health but also enhance the personality and the confidence level of persons in social interactions.