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Sep
11

What Do Cosmetic Dentists Do?

Whether or not the work performed by a dentist is cosmetic, is not so easily or clearly defined.  One would think that whatever improves the “look” or appearance of something (teeth, in this case) is to be considered cosmetic but, in the world of dentistry today, to “restore the structure of a tooth” could also result in an improvement of its appearance.

Cosmetic dentistry, outside of simple restoration from disease, injury or trauma, seeks to improve on what nature has done, in regards to an individual’s teeth. Although, most would ascribe to a “responsible” approach in helping patients to maintain their overall health and function, in addition to appearance.

For example, when a tooth is damaged, the nerve has died and a root canal performed, it is common procedure to cover the remaining structure of that tooth with a crown to reinforce or strengthen its structure, thereby restoring its function, while also improving its appearance. In this case, the crown is used to preserve the tooth. Likewise, dentures can be cosmetically appealing but are necessary prosthetics for chewing.

A definitive difference can exist, however, when a dental procedure is performed solely for the sake of appearance. Teeth whitening, tooth sculpting or reshaping with bonding material, and the application of porcelain veneers can all be considered strictly cosmetic. Most notably, thanks to technological advances in procedures and materials, cosmetic dentistry can dramatically improve a person’s smile. Ideally, cosmetic dentistry serves to complement the general oral health of the patient. Whether or not your individual dental issues can be treated traditionally or cosmetically, your local cosmetic dentist can help guide you to the best plan of action for your specific areas of concern.

Posted on behalf of Nukoa Family Dentistry

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