Cosmetic dentistry, as the name suggests, involves several dental procedures that are mainly intended to bring about an aesthetic change to a person’s smile. The appearance of one’s smile is just as important as their oral health, which is why we give a lot of importance to it. Some of the popular cosmetic dental solutions that we offer are dental implants, bridges, crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, teeth whitening, bonding, gum contouring, oral prophylaxis, etc.
Cosmetic dentistry can be used to treat:
- Broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
- Naturally misshapen teeth
- Missing teeth
- Gum diseases (receding and decay of gums)
- Discolored teeth
Popular cosmetic treatment options
Implants are regarded as the best way to replace missing teeth. They consist of a visible crown, that replaces the tooth and a titanium stud, that replaces the tooth root. Together, they restore both the functionality and aesthetics of the teeth just like they were before.
Dentures are widely used to replace several missing teeth. Multiple teeth may have to be extracted due to issues such as cavities, oral infections, gum diseases, external trauma to the mouth, aging, etc. Dentures offer the perfect solution to these issues as they can be used to restore the biting and chewing ability as well.
Crowns and bridges
Crowns are ceramic appliances that cover the entire surface of damaged or worn out teeth. They bring about an aesthetic change as well as restore the strength of the tooth. Bridges are the simplest way to replace an extracted tooth. They consist of a ceramic tooth and crowns on either side which holds the prosthetic in place. Their appearance can be perfectly matched with that of the remaining teeth.
Veneers are thin ceramic restorations that resemble the frontal face of the teeth. They can be bonded to the face of the teeth that need an aesthetic makeover, such as chipping, cracks, discoloration, etc. They can be customized to perfectly match the tooth’s appearance.
Teeth staining occurs when the patient consumes a lot of colored foods, doesn’t brush teeth regularly or due to oral infections. It ruins the appearance of the smile and can lead to a lot of embarrassment. We can improve the color of the teeth using teeth whitening solutions and give them a brighter smile.
Fillings are commonly used to fill cavities that are formed due to bacterial decay. Fillings used to be made from metals or amalgam, which left a displeasing appearance on the smile. But, now we only use tooth-colored fillings that are aesthetically amazing and offer excellent sealing. They can be shaped according to the contour required and the color can be matched perfectly with that of the natural enamel.
Inlays and onlays
Inlays are an alternative to fillings. They are custom-fabricated to perfectly fit into a large cavity and are fixed in position using dental adhesives. Onlays are used to restore the cusp or biting surface of a worn-out tooth. Both inlays and onlays restore the strength of a tooth and keep it from falling.
The gums may decay or recede when the patient develops gum diseases such as gingivitis or periodontitis. The symptoms include bleeding and release of pus from the gums, deep gum pockets, tenderness and pain, etc. Gum contouring surgery involves the removal of the infected tissues and replacing them with healthy ones extracted from a different part of the mouth, preferably the palate.
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