Cosmetic & Aesthetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is used to describe any elective procedure that aims to make your smile more aesthetically pleasing. They include:
Dental veneers are a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like how a false fingernail fits over your nail. Sometimes a tooth coloured composite material is used instead of porcelain.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal treatment. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Crowns are also applied when a discoloured or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two or more anchoring teeth are called the abutment teeth — and a false tooth/teeth in between are called the pontics.
Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between the upper and lower teeth. Dental bridges are supported by existing teeth or implants.