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There’s more than one way to fix a damaged tooth – and cosmetic dentistry is one of the most effective and popular ways to do it. Eventually, many of us will experience a damaged, broken, or chipped tooth in our lives. When that time comes, it’s best to consult a cosmetic dentist. He or she can recommend cosmetic dental procedures that will work best for you.

In today’s post, we’ll discuss common replacement and restoration dental procedures.

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Porcelain Veneers

Simply put, porcelain veneers are thin covers that can conceal a cracked or chipped tooth. It can also repair or fix the alignment of a slightly crooked tooth.

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings have been used for teeth restoration for over a century. The only things that changed and advanced over time were the materials and techniques. A relatively new dental filling option is a replacement for metal fillings called whit filling; the normal filling is molded after the application to the tooth.

Indirect fillings, also called inlays and onlays, are a type of dental restoration made as a single and solid piece outside of the mouth. Inlays and onlays are also custom made to fit the shape and size of the cavity. Then the restoration is secured in the mouth. Inlays are placed in the middle of the tooth’s biting surface. On the other hand, onlays are used to restore more than one cusp of a tooth.

Dental Bonding

A cosmetic dentist will use dental bonding to repair any cracks, chips, or staining. This dental procedure can also make the teeth longer and fill in cavities. Dental bonding is done by applying pliable and flexible composite resin. It is then molded to the required shape. Then, the composite resin is made stronger by putting it under a curing light.

Dental Crown

If you want to replace the whole visible top portion of the tooth, restore its appearance, and improve its function and strength, then a dental crown may be a good dental procedure option. Crowns are ideal for teeth that have undergone a root canal. They are also used for teeth with extensive decay and damage. Additionally, crowns are used as a replacement in the dental bridge, as well as the visible part of an implant. They can be made of ceramic, all resin, gold, and porcelain.

Dental Implants

This type of procedure is considered by most dentists to be the ultimate dental restoration procedure. A dental implant restores the whole tooth – from root to the crown. Dental patients who have received implants noted that they couldn’t distinguish the implant from their natural teeth; the implant does not look fake at all. One other benefit of dental implants is they can help prevent bone recession; this occurs rather commonly at the tooth extraction site. Dentists also used dental implants in dental bridges and anchoring dentures.

Enamel Shaping

Simply put, enamel shaping is also called “teeth shaping.” A skilled cosmetic dentist can shape the tooth by either removing or filing the tooth enamel. You can get immediate results from this procedure, and the process is not uncomfortable nor painful.

Teeth Whitening

Also called “teeth bleaching,” this cosmetic dental procedure can help whiten and brighten your teeth’s appearance. Discoloration and staining are sometimes unavoidable; a teeth whitening procedure is a quick and effective way to get confident from your smile.

While there are do-it-yourself and home teeth whitening kits, not everyone’s teeth can benefit from it; the stain or shade may not match your teeth’s natural color. As a result, it may turn to a shade you don’t like, and it may not look as pleasing to the eye. Thus, it’s best to consult with your cosmetic dentist first before using any teeth whitening kits. Ideally, any teeth whitening or teeth bleaching should be done by a professional cosmetic dentist. This will ensure that you will have a bright, natural-looking smile.

Important Advice

Before undergoing any cosmetic dental procedure, your dentist will need to make sure that your oral health is in good shape to handle any cosmetic work. Aside from your teeth, your cosmetic dentist will also check your gums. Any gum issues may put your oral health at risk. Thus, if there are gum problems present, your dentist will need to address that issue first.