What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

People choose cosmetic dental procedures for various reasons - to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, and to give themselves a more youthful look or improve their overall appearance. For these and many other reasons, cosmetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession and one of the fastest growing areas of dentistry.

Common cosmetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshaped, discolored, chipped or missing teeth. It also can be used to change the overall structure of teeth – from teeth that are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped. For more information on cosmetic dentistry please visit these websites.  The Academy of General Dentistry at www.agd.org/public or WebMD.com

Cosmetic dentistry procedures  include:

  • Cosmetic Fillings -- Alternative, natural-looking materials to conventional silver-colored fillings made from porcelain and composite resins, which are colored to match natural tooth enamel.
     
  • Implants -- Titanium structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are sometimes a viable alternative to partial and full dentures. 
     
  • Veneers -- Special thin laminates, called veneers, used to cover stains, correct discolored, worn down, cracked and chipped teeth, and close unsightly gaps between teeth.
     
  • Bonding -- A tooth-colored material that looks like the enamel of your teeth and used to improve the color of a tooth, or close unsightly gaps.
     
  • Cosmetic contouring and reshaping -- A relatively simple procedure that can correct crooked, chipped, cracked, and even overlapping teeth.
     
  • Whitening/Bleaching -- Procedures that reverse the effects of such things as aging, food and tobacco stains, and medication use.
     
  • Crown lengthening -- Performed to reshape gums and bone tissue, and often used to correct a “gummy” smile.
     
  • Bridges -- Natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth and restore the natural contour of your teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants.
     
  • Customized dentures -- Lightweight dentures that mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Most dentures are made from a combination of metals and synthetic material such as acrylic resin, and can be either partial or complete sets.
     

 

 

Okauchee, WI Dentist
Bergmann & Hohm Dental Group
N50W34770 Wisconsin Ave.
Okauchee, WI 53069
(262) 567-0770

 

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