Crofton Dentist: Cosmetic Dentistry Repairs Smiles
A beautiful smile is considered one of the best assets a person can ever have. A great smile will have dramatic effects not only on the appearance of your teeth but also provides a boost to your self-esteem. This is the reason many people are investing in the appearance of their smile as well as the underlying oral health.
From small chips and minor crown repairs to extensive tooth decay and full crown replacement, cosmetic dentistry offers a wide range of opportunities for people to get the perfect smile they’ve always wanted.
General Dentistry vs. Cosmetic Dentistry
General dentistry provides general diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and management of dental conditions, disorders, and diseases. Cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the overall appearance of a person’s teeth. Cosmetic dentistry may or may not also involve improving the overall functionality of your teeth.
Dr. Kim Offers The Latest Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments Available in Crofton Maryland
Cosmetic dentistry procedures include:
Teeth Bleaching – One of the most common cosmetic procedures people are opting for nowadays is bleaching. Teeth can become stained or discolored due to smoking, alcohol consumption and eating dark tinted or strongly colored food and beverages. Many people are turning to teeth bleaching to restore the whiteness of their smile.
Dental Implants – When you happen to have lost a tooth or two, the standard care is placement of dental implants. These are artificial tooth roots made of titanium — a metal which has proven to be completely safe and fuses (integrates) well to the jaw bone. Once integrated to the bone and stable, an implant can remain in place for up to 30 years or more.
Bonding – Bonding can be used to fill in gaps between teeth, or repair cracked or broken teeth. The bonding material is a tooth-colored resin which fills in spaces or cracks. Bonding can also be used to change the color and shape of your teeth by filling the entire outside surface of the tooth you want to changed. Another use of bonding is for small cavities or even slightly decayed teeth.
Lasers have brought dentistry into the 21st Century. Lasers allow dentists to treat specific teeth and areas of the mouth with minimal pain, shorter recovery times without damaging surrounding tissues and structures. Lasers can be used to suture soft tissue (gum), minimize bleeding, sterilize intra-oral sites and promote faster tissue healing and regeneration.
A veneer is a tooth covering made of composite or dental porcelain. It covers the entire front surface of the tooth. Not only does the veneer improve the appearance of the tooth, but it also protects the enamel from damaging habits, and can be used to repair fractured crowns.
Inlays and onlays are made of composite material. They are used to repair teeth that are cracked or fractured, but not enough to require a full crown, or that have lost a lot of the tooth structure due to decay, but not enough to require extraction. The inlay fits inside the cusp tips (pointy edges) of the tooth. The onlay is used when cusps need to be replaced.
Dr. Chris Kim, DMD provides a full array of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you’ve been wishing for a brilliant smile with no chipped or discolored teeth, call Dr. Kim’s office today at: 410-721-3567 to book your consultation and see what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.