Specific Cosmetic Dental Procedures

by maxtooth on January 15, 2012

Pain phobia is mainly the reason why people are scared of going to the dentist even though most of them are aware that having regular check ups are essential for the health of their teeth, gums and mouth and eventually their general health.  Surely, when the time wherein drilling or anesthetic injections become a thing of the past then people will reconsider and begin to visit their dentist once more.

Cosmetic Dentistry - Dr. Max ZaslavskyThe use of composite materials for making artificial teeth is ideal since they look and feel like real teeth.  They indeed are the materials used to fill in ugly gaps, tooth breaks, discolorations and cracks.  Dentists call this process dental bonding because the material strongly adheres to the tooth.  Bonding procedures do not usually require a retention trench which often entails drilling.  The bonding process is quite easily done and needs only one dental session to complete it.  The cost of this procedure is much less than a crown and is less painful unless the procedure needs to be done close to the gums which might then necessitate an anesthesia injection.

Newly created composites have much better bonding qualities and they also come in a broad range of color shadings that facilitates matching them with the natural teeth.  A Fort Lauderdale cosmetic dentist has the responsibility of filling a gap with a tooth that does not look like it was enlarged to cosmetically fill in the gap.  Cosmetic dentistry can take on an artistic endeavor where more natural looking is the norm of a good cosmetic dental work.  Rather than focus on the tooth size, the angles of the teeth are shaped in a way that the observer may not think that the tooth has been widened but rather that the only job done was the gap being filled up.  Since this may entail some skill, some bonding jobs fail to impress and so it is removed and replaced with a new bonding without weakening the integrity of the other teeth.

Usually a failed bonding procedure can be seen a few days immediately after the procedure.  Some people are not satisfied with this for some reason or another.  For some whom bonding can affect the integrity of the teeth, the cosmetic dentist usually advises them to use a crown instead.  Crowning is a much more permanent procedure than bonding although the main disadvantage of crowning is the flaking and discoloration of the tooth after 5 years or more.  When this happens the process needs to be repeated.  Usually discoloration (on bonded or crowned teeth) is seen from people who drink coffee a lot or those who smoke.

Bonding is usually helpful in preventing tooth decay although poor bonding work can cause grooves and pits in the enamel at the back of the teeth that can lead to tooth decay. If the person practices good dental practices, then tooth decay on these teeth can be prevented.

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