Using Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve the Aesthetics of Your Smile - Part One | Our Dental Blog
Using Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve the Aesthetics of Your Smile - Part One
Oct 16 2019
If you're like many people, years of too much sugar and caffeine has altered the color of your teeth, or, perhaps chipped or cracked teeth are preventing your smile from being all that it could be. The good news is these types of problems can be solved by cosmetic dentistry. A healthy and beautiful smile can give us self-confidence and strengthen our self-worth, which is why dental professionals like Dr. Sato practice cosmetic dental procedures.
Dr. Sato has the experience and training necessary to conduct cosmetic procedures which can help give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of. In the next three blogs, we’ll discuss a number of available options, the situations in which they’re most appropriate, and what they entail.
Crowns cover the whole surface of a tooth, improving the tooth’s appearance, stability, and shape. There are a number of reasons why a person may require a dental crown. A few of them are:
- Rebuilding a damaged tooth
- Covering an implant
- Safeguarding a weakened tooth from cavities
- Preserving a cracked tooth
You may be wondering how a crown is installed. First, Dr. Sato will take an X-ray of a tooth he thinks to be at risk for disease or decay. Then, he’ll prepare the tooth in order to best fit the crown. Next, a mold of the tooth will be made and sent to a dental lab, where a permanent crown will be created. The patient will then be given a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent one to be placed.
With proper care and hygiene, the crown can last many years.
Historic evidence shows that dental implants have been around since 600 AD. It's speculated that the ancient Mayans implanted fake teeth by pounding tooth-shaped seashells into the jaw. Thankfully, technology has evolved considerably since then, and current dental implants, constructed from titanium, are implanted with newer techniques. The titanium implants fuse to the bone through a process called osseointegration.
Dental implants are an optimal solution for a patient who is missing one or many teeth. The process needs some time to finish, as the implants, which serve as the base of the new tooth, are surgically placed into the jawbone and necessitate a little time to heal before a crown is fixed over top. Once finished, the implant/crown combo flawlessly mimics the look and function of a natural tooth.
This blog series on cosmetic dentistry will be back in the next blog post, so make sure to look for it. While you wait, be sure to follow us on social media, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Sato by clicking here.