Oral health and aesthetics go hand-in-hand as both of them are equally important. Having a great smile but poor oral health, or vice versa, isn’t good enough. This is why an entire branch of dentistry is dedicated to improving the appearance of one’s smile.
Cosmetic dentistry includes several treatment procedures that are mainly intended to improve the aesthetics of the smile. Some of them include dental crowns, bridges, implants, veneers, teeth whitening, composite bonding, tooth-colored fillings, inlays, onlays, oral cleaning, gum contouring, etc. Dr. Richard Rutecki is a well-experienced dentist who has treated hundreds of patients over his long-spanning career. He always makes sure his patients leave his practice with a happy and beautiful-looking smile.
Discoloration of the teeth is a common thing among individuals of all ages. The most common causes of teeth staining are the consumption of colored foods and improper oral cleaning (Brushing and flossing). The teeth can be brought back to their ideal color using teeth whitening procedures such as in-office, custom-tray and laser whitening. A whitening gel, which is essentially an oral bleach, is used for this purpose. The procedure may be repeated multiple times depending on the severity of staining.
Veneers are thin pieces of ceramic that are used to cover the frontal surface of a tooth that is either cracked, chipped, worn out or badly stained. Since the veneer is tooth-colored, it does the perfect job of staying in disguise and anyone who looks at you smile wouldn’t be able to distinguish between the veneer and the other teeth.
Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is a thin-walled porcelain cap used to cover the entire surface of a tooth. It is used to restore teeth that are weak, worn out, chipped or fractured. Also, they act as a tooth replacement when coupled with an implant stud. A bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is used to restore a missing one. It is coupled with crowns on either side to give the bridge the required anchorage. Since it is made from tooth-colored ceramic material, it isn’t easily distinguishable.
An implant is a titanium stud that is combined with a ceramic crown and acts as a replacement tooth. It is considered as one of the best options to replace an extracted tooth as it replaces both the tooth root as well as the crown. With the addition of durability and excellent strength, they last for several years and improve the functionality of the mouth as well.
Fillings, Inlays, and Onlays
Cavities are perhaps the most commonly encountered oral issue. They are caused due to the accumulated plaque and tartar that release acids capable of eroding the enamel. Tooth-colored composite fillings are the best and simplest option to restore a cavity-infected tooth. Inlays can also be used for the purpose, which are nothing but custom-fabricated fillings. Onlays are similar to inlays, but are used to restore the cusp of a tooth (the biting surface).
The growth of the gums may experience ‘glitches’, where they sometimes grow too much, and sometimes, too less. When there is excessive growth, it can make the gums look puffy, which is why excessive gum tissues will be removed using a laser. When there is lesser growth of gums, a gum graft may be required. In other cases, the gums may decay due to infections such as gingivitis of periodontitis. Healthy gum tissues from a different part of the mouth will be extracted and grafted to the infected region.
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