Cosmetic and restorative dentistry is designed to restore and/or improve dental function and aesthetics. It makes use of dental implants, bonding, crowns, and veneers to enhance the use and appearance of the teeth.
Restorative dentistry focuses on repairing compromised teeth to improve a patient’s function (chewing ability) and esthetics (appearance).
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on optimizing teeth to improve a patient’s function (chewing ability) and esthetics (appearance).
While there can, technically, be a difference between cosmetic and restorative dentistry, the two are often mutually inclusive .
Also known as composite fillings, they are composed of a mixture of resin, glass, and porcelain ceramics. These materials are biocompatible, esthetic and long-lasting. Tooth-colored fillings are chosen to match a patient's teeth and can be barely visible, ensuring that the patient's aesthetic appearance is restored.
When placed on the front of teeth, veneers can quickly help you achieve a beautiful smile. Veneers help conceal various problems, such as chipped teeth, yellowing or stained, misshapen or crooked teeth, spaces between the teeth, or small holes or pits in teeth. In doing so, they can create a bright and attractive smile with minimal adjustments to your natural, underlying teeth
Dental crowns (or caps) are typically recommended when a fractured, decayed, or root-canaled tooth has limited remaining natural tooth structure. Crowns protect the remaining tooth from fractures and improve chewing function as well as esthetics. Crowns can also be used to protect worn teeth or improve esthetics of misshapen teeth.
Dental bridges help replace missing teeth and prevent the shifting of the adjacent teeth into the empty spaces. A bridge is a cemented (fixed) prosthetic device consisting of a crown filler in the empty space and dental crowns on the adjacent teeth. A very good alternative to a dental bridge is the dental implant.
Dental implants help replace missing teeth. Dental implants can be single units (crown), multiple units (bridge), or can support removable or fixed dentures. Dental implants are placed directly into the jaw bone to resemble the tooth's root and provide support for replacement teeth.
Dentures may be the right choice when a person has suffered significant/multiple tooth loss. Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be attached as well as removable in the mouth. The dentures may take some time to get used to, but they are natural-looking and comfortable. Dentures are not an equal replacement for natural teeth but are a suitable improvement for missing teeth.
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