In another article, I talked about the 4 Cosmetic Dental Procedures that You Should Know About. Today, I would like to talk about other popular cosmetic dental procedures in order to give you more options to choose from. In this blog, I will share a wide array of dental procedures to help give you that perfect smile you dream of having.
Dental crowns, or simply crowns, are used to entirely cover a tooth, hiding its appearance. Think of it as a suit for your tooth. Once you have it on, your tooth will look good. In order to give you a clear picture, here are the different scenarios where you will need a crown:
- Hide a misshapen tooth, and hide a large filling
- Restore a broken tooth
- Guard a weak tooth from a possible breakage
- Support a dental bridge in order to keep it in place
- Cloak a dental implant, and other dental procedures like a root canal procedure
Crowns vary depending on its material, and it can be made from metal, porcelain, resin, or ceramic materials, which depend on your budget. Yes, dental crowns are quite expensive. To give you a more flexible option, dentists can sometimes make a temporary crown. This will be made in the dental clinic on the same day, and then, you can have a permanent crown on another time.
What makes permanent crowns so expensive? Dental crowns can last long if properly taken cared of. Once you invest on one, it will surely cover and protect your teeth for a long period of time.
Enamel Shaping and Contouring
From the name enamel shaping and contouring, you can quickly deduce that this procedure entails the removing of dental enamel. Often, dentist will combine it with the composite bonding procedure. In order for your teeth to look better, it is reshaped and altered.
Dentist will suggest an enamel shaping and contouring if you have problems biting or chewing your food. Perhaps, you have overlapping teeth or if they are arranged in a crooked position.
Remember, you can still go for enamel shaping and contouring even if you have healthy teeth because this concerns the reshaping and contouring of your teeth. So, once you notice an irregularly shaped tooth, you can talk to your dentist about in order to reshaping and alter its appearance.
Bridges, also known as a fixed partial denture, are made to replace a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is made, and it is attached onto the surrounding teeth. Depending on your preference, bridges can be made of porcelain, gold, or alloys.
If you wear a bridge, it is does not mean that the artificial tooth will be free from tooth decay. Take note: the life and effectiveness of the bridge will rely heavily on the foundation. Hence, it is best to keep the surrounding teeth healthy. Remember, the surrounding teeth can only support the bridge if they remain healthy and strong. For more tips, I will discuss another set of options on Other Cosmetic Dental Procedures to Improve Your Smile (Part 2)