Cosmetic Dental Reconstruction
Cosmetic dental reconstruction entails a variety of procedures that are meant to improve your smile and overall oral health. It can also boost confidence and help with patient self-image problems.
Cosmetic dental reconstruction differs from medically-necessary dental reconstruction, which is used to fix an injury, disease, disorder, or genetic defect. Cosmetic dental reconstruction and procedures can be either functional while improving appearance or solely cosmetic.
There are many techniques to make subtle changes or major repairs to your smile. They can treat misshapen, missing, chipped, or discolored teeth. Common procedures involve bleaching or whitening, veneers, reshaping, contouring, and full-mouth restoration or reconstruction.
Choosing a Procedure
There are several things to consider when deciding on one or multiple cosmetic dental procedures.
The dentists at Bonita Dental Care can answer any questions you may have about the techniques and procedures used to improve your smile. Explain to them the results you want to achieve for your smile, and consider the following questions.
- What will the changes look like?
- What should you expect throughout the course of treatment?
- What type of maintenance will be required before and after the procedure?
These questions will shape your overall experience as much as it reshapes your smile, so consider them carefully when speaking with your dentist. The condition of your teeth and expectations of your results will help determine the best procedures for you.
Cosmetic Reconstructive Dentistry
Reconstructive dentistry is the set of procedures designed to fix or improve your smile. It can correct jaw and gum damage, faulty or incorrect bites, damaged teeth, and other similar problems.
Each procedure may be performed independently; however, if multiple problems exist simultaneously, full mouth reconstruction or restoration may be advised. Full cosmetic reconstruction can include any combination of the following.
Restorative treatments include dental crowns, bridges, fillings, onlays, and inlays.
Bruxism treatments include therapy to resolve teeth grinding and other associated symptoms.
Orthodontic procedures include straightening and aligning the teeth with braces, spacers, expanders, and retainers.
Periodontal surgery, scaling, and root planing is included in this procedure as necessary.
Cosmetic corrections include porcelain veneers, gum recontouring, dental bonding, and teeth whitening.
Implants and Crown Replacement
Implants are permanent metal devices that replace missing teeth. Crowns are acrylic, or porcelain fused with metal and are custom fit to secure over the whole tooth.
Shaping and Contouring
Enamel shaping is the painless reshaping of the tooth by filing or removing some of the present enamel. Reshaping and contouring will correct crooked, chipped, irregularly-shaped, or overlapping teeth. It can also be used to alter the length, shape, or position of teeth.
To schedule an exam and consultation with a dentist that can assist you with cosmetic reconstruction procedures, call our office at Bonita Dental Care.