The world of cosmetic dentistry is the world of perfect smiles. Or, at least, it is the world of the quest for the perfect smile. Is the perfect smile a goal we should shoot for? Some might feel that a smile is only one aspect of the person and that a perfect smile, therefore, is a shallow pursuit. Other, however, see a wonderful smile as necessary. They feel they will be less successful in friendship, in love, and in career without a smile that dazzles. No matter where you stand on this issue, read on to a look into the interesting world of cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic dentists approach dental problems in many different ways. For some, a problem with a tooth signals the need for a dental implant. Others may take a more conservative approach, looking at other ways to improve the tooth’s look and health in more moderate ways. This latter group often practices what they know as the 4 R Philosophy. The first R stands for “recolor.” As the word suggests, the dentist considers how the tooth might be returned to its original white. The route taken is usually a tooth whitening system. The second R stands for “reposition.” The tooth is in the wrong place and needs to coaxed to the right, left, front, or back. The third R stands for “recontour.” Here, the shape of the tooth is considered and the tooth is reshaped as much as it can be. Only when the first three Rs have been considered does the dentist move to the fourth R, “restore,” referring to a veneer or crown.
This idea of restoring the tooth indicates one approach to dentistry: to add to the tooth or gums. Veneers are one example. Here, a layer of porcelain adheres to the front of the teeth in order to correct gaps, hide discolored or cracked teeth. Another approach involves the removal of the tooth or part of the tooth. We might all be familiar with this type of approach if we have had a cavity or wisdom tooth removed.
Many cosmetic dentists make use of the dental bridge. The procedure of adding a dental bridge includes the following. The dentist pulls out the damaged tooth. Then he or she replaces the tooth with an artifiical one. This artificial tooth is, once added, bonded to bordering teeth to ensure greater security. The dental bridge is advantageous as it helps to prevent against future gum disease.
Yes, cosmetic dentistry provides a focus on the teeth but it focusses also on the gums. Healthy gums are necessary to oral health, and so the cosmetic dentist is interested in gum health. One procedure that improves gum health and corrects gum problems is the gum lift. Similar to a facelift, the gum lift reshapes the gums to correct receding gums that are now exposing more of the tooth surface than is desired.
Indeed, the cosmetic dentistry world is one of surprises. The human body, after all, is a wonder but an upredictable one. The cosmetic dentist works to fix what the unpredictable body might mar. For a further look into the world of a reputable cosmetic dentistry, contact Levin Family Dental.
Levin Family Dental
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Denver CO, 80224