Popular Dentistry Treatments
As Charles Reade said, "Beauty is power; a smile is its sword." If a smile is beauty's sword then the teeth are the arms that wield it. A nice smile can transform the entire face. Regardless of person's current dental condition, they can undergo restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments to improve its appearance. Here is a look at some popular dentistry treatments that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile.
Missing teeth have devastating affect on the appearance, health, and functionality of your smile. Dental implants are the best permanent treatment option for the replacement of missing teeth. The procedure starts with a titanium root that is surgically placed in the gum where the tooth or teeth are missing. The root is inserted next to the bone so it can anchor onto the jaw and act as the root of the replacement tooth.
Once the root is anchored to the jaw and the gums have healed (a process that can take up to six months), the replacement tooth is attached to the titanium root. The new tooth is fabricated in such a way that it looks, acts, and feels like a real tooth.
A dental bridge can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a few missing teeth. However, patients must have some healthy teeth to which the bridge can be attached. The dental bridge procedure involves the placement of crowns on the two teeth on either side of the gap that is left by the missing teeth. The dental bridge, which consists of one or two replacement teeth, is attached to the crowns so it remains securely in place. The dental bridge procedure usually takes two visits to the dentist. With proper oral hygiene, the bridge can last more than 10 years.
Veneers have become a popular choice for patients that have healthy teeth but want a dramatic smile makeover. A veneer is an ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminate that is bonded directly to the teeth. Porcelain veneers can correct tooth asymmetry, close gaps, treat chips and cracks, mask discolorations, make the teeth appear straighter, and change the size and shape of teeth. They can be cared for and treated just like normal teeth, and typically last about 10 years before they need to be replaced.
Teeth whitening is perhaps the most popular dental treatment. This procedure can revamp a dull mouth and produce noticeably whiter teeth in just one day or a few weeks. Over-the-counter whitening products do exist, but they do not work as well or last as long as professional whitening systems that are used by dentists. In office treatments involve the use of a strong whitening agent that is applied directly to the teeth, then treated with a special light. This technique bleaches the teeth and makes them substantially whiter in just one hour.
If you are interested in undergoing a restorative or cosmetic dentistry treatment such as teeth whitening, or the placement of dental implants, bridges, or porcelain veneers, contact a dentist in your area.
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