Cosmetic dentistry has been around for a while now, but has in recent years, been an extremely popular ‘treatment.’ While traditional dentistry focuses preventing, diagnosing and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentists focus their efforts on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth and smile, however there are a couple of cosmetic treatments that do in fact provide restorative benefits; dental fillings for decayed teeth, are an example. Dental fillings are now classed as cosmetic work because you can select fillings made from various different materials, and have them specially coloured to match your teeth. Many people choose to change their older fillings, and have them replaced with more modern, properly tooth-coloured fillings.
Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments
Teeth Whitening: Undeniably the most commonly sought after cosmetic dentistry procedure, teeth whitening involve cleaning and bleaching the teeth to enhance the appearance of your smile.
Inlays and Onlays: Made from porcelain or composite materials, and also commonly known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are a long lasting cosmetic filling designed to provide structural damage, just like a regular filling, except they are created in a dental laboratory before being fitted into place and bonded with an adhesive.
Composite Bonding: Repairing broken, chipped or decaying teeth can also be done through a procedure called composite bonding, which involves a dental composite material, with the same look and feel as enamel and dentin, being applied into the cavity or onto the surface of a tooth. It is then sculpted to the right shape and hardened with a high-intensity light. When finished, the work will be near invisible, giving you a clean, healthy smile.
Dental Implants: When a tooth rots, there is often not much anyone can do about it, including dentists, so there are dental implants. A dental implant is basically an artificial or prosthetic replacement for a single tooth that has to be removed for tooth rot. The result is a more beautiful smile, and often a more youthful look. Missing teeth cause the face to collapse, makeing you appear older than you really are.
Full Mouth Reconstruction: When consulting with your cosmetic dentist about the correct treatment for you, he or she may point out that there is a need to provide some traditional dentistry procedures too. This could be to correct alignment of teeth, or the jaw, or just the general structure of your mouth.
About the Dentist in Hertfordshire
If you’re looking for a Hertfordshire private dental practice where patients’ needs really do come first, look no further than St Peter’s Lodge Dental, here in St Albans. We believe you have the right to expect the highest standards of treatment whether you come to us for a routine check-up or sophisticated cosmetic or reconstructive dental work. We’re also dedicated to providing pain-free treatment in a friendly, hygienic and relaxing environment.
St Peter’s Lodge
7 Manor Road