Did you know that there is often a fine line between cosmetic and restorative dentistry? The look and function of your smile are so closely connected that many procedures overlap in their purpose.
Let’s take a look at three examples of this.
A fast method for restoring chipped front teeth is called “bonding.” Some tooth-colored putty is shaped to a fractured tooth to complete its shape. The putty is cured with a light and then the entire restoration is polished to a finish.
You could have some bonding done because you fractured off a piece of your tooth. This treatment restores your tooth’s shape but it’s also cosmetic because it isn’t always necessary for the tooth to stay healthy.
A dental implant is usually seen as an elective and unnecessary procedure. But an implant doesn’t merely fill in the gap like a dental bridge does. Instead, it stands in as a replacement for an entire tooth, root and all. The implant helps maintain tooth alignment, preserves bone in the jaw, and restores the bite.
Also considered indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are strong semi-crowns that are designed outside of the mouth. These completed pieces are then cemented into a prepared place. Inlays and onlays are commonly made from tooth-colored materials, these days.
Indirect fillings are durable solutions for restoring decayed and chipped teeth, but also gives them an element of subtlety. No one would notice that you have a large filling on a tooth!
Your dentist will help you strike a balance between beauty and function when you select cosmetic treatment. Schedule a smile evaluation today!
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