Despite the available modern methods for oral care, many people have severely damaged or missing teeth. The causes are many with the major ones being stress, diseases and accidents. Thanks to the advancement of dental medicine, the serious problems can be fixed. In fact, there are different solutions available. Learn more about the main ones.
The dental veneers are shells which go on the teeth and give them the desired shape, texture and look. They are widely used for filling gaps, for straightening uneven tooth alignment and for protecting worn-out enamel. They are also used for repairing cracked, chipped and discoloured teeth.
The veneers are made from porcelain and this gives them a bright white surface, which will give you a gorgeous smile in turn. They have to be placed very carefully so that they do not recede from the gum line. They have to bond excellently to the teeth so that shifting is prevented. They typically have a useful life of 10 years.
These have been around for quite some time and are still among the main solutions offered by cosmetic dentistry. The crowns are caps which are placed above the remaining healthy parts of severely damaged teeth. In order for a crown to be used, the tooth must have a healthy root and a top part which can hold the crown. The all-ceramic crowns are considered to be the best as they combine strength with great looks. With proper care, they are extremely long lasting.
The bridges used to be the main solution for missing teeth. A bridge is a prosthesis which looks exactly the same as a real tooth. It is set in place of the missing tooth and is attached to the neighbouring teeth. It forms a bridge and this is where its name comes from. The modern technologies used give bridges natural appearance as well as strength. The main issue with them is that the neighbouring teeth have to be filed and this may make them more vulnerable to bacterial activity.
These are the latest solutions for restoring missing teeth provided by cosmetic dentistry. The implant has a top part which has the shape and feel of a real tooth and a titanium “root” which is inserted into the bone pocket. The titanium base bonds with the jaw bone pocket and prevents bone loss, which can lead to serious health problems. The implant often works better than the original tooth. It can last for many years.
You should consider all of these solutions with the expert aid of a cosmetic dentist.