Cosmetic and restorative dentistry covers a variety of different treatment options for those patients that are finding that their smile is just not up to scratch.
Aesthetic porcelain restorations and enhancements, implant dentistry and smile design are just a few cosmetic treatments available in dentistry today, but what are these treatments and how can they benefit you? Here at Harris Dental Boutique in Bundaberg, we strive to provide all the information needed towards a better understanding of cosmetic dentistry for all our new and existing patients.
Smile design starts with a facial analysis, and checking that when you smile (amongst other things) both sides of your face are symmetrical. After going through your goals and wishes, our dentist will discuss your options and work with you to achieve the perfect smile for you.
Commonly patients go with a tooth whitening procedure or some type of porcelain enhancement procedure, but every smile is different. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you like! Here at Harris Dental Boutique in Bundaberg we understand the need for a lovely grin and work hard to help each and every patient to achieve the smile they desire.
Aesthetic porcelain restorations and enhancements
There are a variety of different types of restorations and cosmetic enhancements made from porcelain that are available in dentistry today. These treatments include inlays, onlays, veneers, bridges and crowns. Because porcelain offers a natural-looking finish, there are many different restorative and cosmetic treatments that use it – making porcelain one of the most versatile materials to be introduced into the industry.
Inlays and onlays
Inlays and onlays are restorations used as an alternative to metal fillings or even an alternative for dental crowns. An inlay is bonded with the centre of the tooth whereas an onlay covers the centre and the biting surface. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a tooth coloured alternative and can be used to treat tooth decay and other damage by offering a stronger and longer lasting reparative solution.
Porcelain veneers are typically employed when a patient wants a more aesthetically pleasing smile and are generally used for the front teeth. By shaving off a thin layer of tooth enamel, porcelain veneers are designed in a shell like shape and go over the top of the tooth. Generally patients get porcelain veneers to pretty up their smile when the teeth are damaged, oddly shaped, stained or misaligned.
As a common solution for tooth replacement, porcelain crowns offer a tooth like appearance that can be altered in colour to perfectly match your natural teeth. Crowns are used for all types of different procedures such as:
- Porcelain bridges – three prosthetic teeth are designed to fill the missing tooth spot and cover the two neighbouring teeth, making a strong anchor so the middle tooth remains in place.
- Reinforcing severely damaged teeth – if the tooth is damaged beyond a filling repair and damages due to root canal, your dental professional may suggest a crown which involves smoothing out the remaining tooth and covering it with a prosthetic porcelain crown
- Dental implants – crowns are used in this case to cover the titanium rod used for dental implants that will be discussed shortly.
Dental implants can be used for single or multiple tooth replacements. The treatment uses a titanium rod that is imbedded in the jaw bone. Over a few months the rod will bond with the jaw bone to act as a replacement for the missing tooth root. Once your mouth has properly healed, the implant is fitted with a crown that suitably matches your other teeth and restores that beautiful camera ready smile you’ve gone so long without!
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