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A Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry Options

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Why Live with a Smile You Do Not Like?

Do you smile broadly when someone takes your photograph or do you try to hide your teeth?  Does your smile project the image that you want or do you cringe every time you see it? With so many modern advances in cosmetic dentistry, there is no reason to live with a smile you hate. No matter the problem, we have a solution that will have you smiling in no time.

Whitening

Teeth can become stained due to soda, tea, and coffee consumption as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can vastly improve the look of your smile. Non-bleaching products contain ingredients that work at the surface level only through a physical or chemical process to brighten teeth.

Bonding

Dental bonding is perfect to make small cosmetic repairs or changes to teeth.  If a tooth is chipped or cracked, oddly shaped, or too small, dental bonding can be used to make the shape of the tooth more regular.  An advantage to bonding over crowns and veneers is that it can generally be done in a single office visit and the process removes less enamel.

Enamel shaping

Enamel shaping is a quick, inexpensive way to repair a rough spot on a tooth or make a minor correction. Sometimes this procedure is called re-contouring.  The dentist uses the very same tools employed for a routine cleaning to remove a very small amount of enamel from the affected area, thus removing the rough spot and making a smoother tooth surface.

Veneers

A dental veneer is a custom made, extremely thin covering for a tooth made from porcelain or resin composite materials.  The veneer is bonded to the tooth for a number of reasons:

  • To hide discolored teeth. There are some stains and discolorations that cannot be improved through teeth whitening.
  • To cover extraordinary tooth wear, possibly from grinding the teeth.
  • To close the gap between teeth that have too much space between them.

A veneer usually requires several trips to the Salt Lake City dentist to plan the course of treatment and to make and apply the veneers.

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Crowns and bridgework

Sometimes a tooth can crack. This might be the result of a sports injury or biting down on a hard substance such as ice or a popcorn kernel. A skilled dental professional may be able to help you avoid extraction of the cracked tooth with a crown and/or supporting bridgework.

Crowns:

A crown is a tooth shaped cap that fully covers the visible part of the tooth.  While this is commonly done to prevent a tooth from cracking below the gum line thus require extraction, crowns also can be used to restore a broken tooth, cover badly misshapen teeth, to cover a dental implant, or to make a cosmetic modification.

Bridgework:

In the case that a tooth has to be extracted, the empty space can be filled with a porcelain tooth connected to a bridge.  A bridge is a dental appliance that connects to the surrounding teeth, which are called abutment teeth, and holds the false tooth in place.

With proper, routine care, a dental bridge can be expected to last 5 to 15 years or even longer.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is actually anchored into the mouth to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.  An implant may be endosteal or subperiosteal.  An endosteal implant uses various types of screws placed surgically in the jawbone.  Each implant can hold one or more teeth.  A subperiosteal implant is placed on top of the jaw with the posts coming through the gums. These implants are best for those who are unable to wear conventional dentures.

Gum contouring

Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, gum contouring is used to even out a jagged gum line. Gums may cover too much of your tooth due to your genetic make-up or perhaps they have receded leaving your teeth vulnerable to gum disease and tooth loss.

Cosmetic Dentistry Salt Lake City

Why live with a smile you don’t like?  Contact Village Dental to discuss the cosmetic dentistry procedures that will make the most of your toothy grin.

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