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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures And Services

Oct 30, 2007
Dentists can treat discolored, stained or aging teeth with state of the art whitening. The treatment can be completed in just over an hour, or you can choose at-home treatments. Lighten discolorations caused by coffee, cigarettes, medication, or aging. You'll notice the difference immediately...and so will everyone else.

The dentist will custom fit you for whitening trays quickly and easily in your initial visit. Hell show you how to apply the whitening gel and assist you with your first application in-office. Then you will continue treatments in your home until your teeth are as bright as you want.

Restorative dentistry refers to the restoration of natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost and / or the restoration of old dental restorations such as crowns, bridges, and fillings. Once your dentist has examined your teeth and has evaluated your dental and medical history, they will be ready to provide a diagnosis and treatment options. The dentist uses numerous methods to conservatively restore your teeth and help you obtain optimal oral health.

When the size of a "filling" exceeds a certain proportion of the tooth, it must be replaced with a "crown," which look and function just like natural teeth. The dentist may recommend a crown if your tooth has enough decay that it cannot hold a filling, or if your tooth is cracked or broken and in danger of cracking down into the root if left unattended. A crown covers your tooth completely. It fits snugly at the gum and protects what remains of the natural tooth.

The dentist uses porcelain crowns that look very natural and don't have a dark metal line at the gum. Porcelain crowns, when performed correctly using the latest materials and most up to date procedures are natural looking. The untrained eye can barely notice a different between a porcelain crown and your own natural tooth.

The dentist may also recommend a porcelain bridge be utilized to replace one or more teeth. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as "fixed" dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with a removable appliance or partial denture. These are most commonly used to replace a missing tooth or teeth.

Implants are bridges that are permanently anchored into the jaw. Because there is always a perfect fit, dental implants are almost the same as having your natural teeth back again. To qualify for implants, you'll need healthy oral tissues and jawbone ridges that are in good shape. If you're suffering from tooth loss, talk with your dentist about whether implants are an option for you.

If you are missing one or more teeth, you'll want replacements that are as natural as possible. If dentures don't work for you, you may consider dental implants. Unlike dentures, which can be removed, implants are permanently anchored into the jaw itself.

Usually the dentist feels you are a good candidate for implants if you have jawbone ridges that are in good shape and healthy oral tissues. When the implant device is inserted into the jaw, a chemical and mechanical bond is formed. The jawbone actually grows into the implant.

With implants, your dentist can give you a near perfect fit, and they will look and feel as good as (or better than!) your original teeth.
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Dave Stringham is the President of LookingYourBest.com an online resource for plastic surgery procedures. Learn more about breast augmentation and cosmetic dentistry.
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