Many people think of a cosmetic dentist as someone that can create gorgeous Hollywood-style smiles. While this is true, it only tells part of the story. Cosmetic dentistry enables a dental professional to have additional options in how they treat oral health conditions and damaged teeth. Dr. Fine is an expert implant specialist that has been providing patients with dental implants for 25 years. He uses implant dentistry as a way to help patients improve their health and the functionality of their teeth, rather than simply transforming their smile. Additionally, he still provides general dentistry services and help patients to stay in good oral health through other means.
In the past, dentists had very few options for restoring someone’s teeth. If a tooth became damaged or infected, there was a high likelihood of it being pulled or salvaged with the help of a metal crown. These rudimentary solutions were important because they prevented the spread of infection and saved other teeth. They did nothing, however, for preserving the damaged tooth, in a way, that looked natural. Fortunately, there are now many options for saving and restoring teeth. A modern dentist has the latest in dental technology at their disposal and is able to leverage it to provide patients with a superior level of dental care.
Most people like the idea of having options. So do cosmetic dentists. When a patient comes in suffering from severe tooth pain, a cosmetic dentist has the ability to remove the pain causing infection by performing a root canal or treating the cavity. Once the infection is removed, a tooth-colored filling can be used to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth again. Rather than being forced to pull the tooth or to use a metal filling, cosmetic dentistry has given both the patient and dental professional options for treatment.
Crowns are still frequently used to restore and protect teeth. They are a cap that fits snuggly over existing teeth with the ability to shape them while preventing bacteria from touching the tooth. They are an extremely popular option due to their ability to strengthen an existing tooth that has been damaged or infected. In the past, the only option was to have a metal crown. While effective, everyone could see the metal and would know that dental work had been performed. Today, patients can choose the type of material they want their crown to be made of. It can be all metal, ceramic-on-metal, or all-ceramic. The options with ceramic look like natural teeth so they can even be used on the front teeth without being noticeable.
A cosmetic dentist also has the option of using a dental veneer to restore a damaged tooth. If a tooth becomes cracked or chipped during an accident, a veneer can be placed on its surface to restore the tooth to its former appearance and functionality. While correcting the damaged tooth, the dentist can also place veneers on the surrounding teeth in order to close gaps, make teeth an even length, straighten crooked teeth, and coverup dark stains.
Modern dental technology has made it possible for a cosmetic dentist to keep their patient’s teeth and gums healthy, restore damaged and infected teeth, and turn an ordinary smile into something beautiful from the same office location. Dr. Fine has focused his practice around providing solutions that improve his patient’s health. Rather than recommending unnecessary procedures, he provides solutions like implant dentistry in order to restore missing teeth in a beautiful way. Call us today to experience these benefits for yourself.