What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
To begin with, what comes to your mind when you think of the word cosmetic? Do you think of one’s outer appearance? Do you think of surgery? How about dentistry? As you will see, Cosmetic Dentistry is widely popular.
As you know, traditional dentistry focuses on fixing such things as cavities, periodontal disease, and infection with preventative, and diagnostic treatments. Without a doubt, if left unchecked, such concerns could cause serious health problems. Therefore, it is necessary to fix these issues. On the other hand, Cosmetic Dentistry focuses on aesthetics, what appears to the eye. It is not so much a need as it is a want by the patient. In general, you can think of it as a “beautifying” treatment. Here are 3 common Cosmetic Dental procedures that we offer, as seen on our website.
Tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
Because having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern of most patients, there are a number of ways to whiten teeth. The most popular method is using a home tooth whitening system that will whiten teeth dramatically. Since tooth whitening only works on natural tooth enamel, it is important to evaluate replacement of any old fillings, crowns, etc. Replacement of any restorations will be done after bleaching so they will match the newly bleached teeth.
Tooth whitening is not permanent. A touch-up maybe needed every several years, and more often if you smoke, drink coffee, tea, or wine.
An inlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist.
Inlays can be utilized to conservatively repair teeth that have large defective fillings or have been damaged by decay or trauma. Inlays are an ideal alternative to conventional silver and composite fillings. Also, they are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
In the case of Escondido Dental Group, you can count on the fact that the dentistry being delivered is with integrity and professionalism!