Tooth enamel is the hardest substance found in the human body, but sometimes the enamel wears down due to overuse or from poor oral hygiene and not having routine dental checkups. If this degradation of the tooth enamel happens, a dental specialist will most likely recommend cosmetic dental surgery.
Cosmetic dental surgery is referred to as any surgery that improves the appearance and/or function of a person’s teeth, gums, or bite line. Cosmetic dental work consists of a number of options, based on what the patient’s needs are.
- Tooth Whitening: Also known as teeth bleaching, this cosmetic work is the most common. Many methods include teeth laser whitening and using a peroxide gel.
- Tooth reshaping: A dentist will often need to reshape a tooth if it does not fit next to the adjacent teeth. In this process, parts of the enamel will be removed.
- Bonding: A cosmetic dentist may need to use an enamel-like dental material and apply it to a patient’s tooth in order to fill in a hole, chip, or gap.
- Dental bridges Also known as false teeth, they are composed of a porcelain material that is fused together in order to create the appearance of a tooth, or teeth; most used to fill gaps.
- Veneers These are thin porcelain laminate sheets that are bonded directly to the teeth in order to fill gaps or correct any discoloration.
- Dental implants Cosmetic dental work also includes a dental implants procedure. The implant itself fuses with the jaw bone in order to support a crown, bridge, or denture. These are mostly used to replace missing teeth.
Good dental hygiene and frequent dental visits can prevent tooth loss and decay. However, cosmetic dental work is always the best option to choose from if you do experience tooth loss. Serious tooth loss has been found to cause depression and self esteem problems, so it could be beneficial to look into the cost of any of these procedures.
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