Not just for fillings – what else your dentist can do to give you a beautiful smile

If you are in the habit of regularly visiting a dentist for check-ups, you can likely vouch for how effectively your dentist can help to keep your teeth looking great. However, you might not have realised that the range of treatments available from a dentist can include far more than just fillings.

You shouldn’t underestimate fillings’ usefulness for cavities resulting from tooth decay, as the Patient site makes clear. Still, the following cosmetic dentistry treatments are also available…

Crowns

A filling can be effectively useless for a cavity if that cavity is larger than a particular size. This is where a crown can come in more useful. There are also occasions where decay can so weaken a tooth that a crown is a better option than a filling for protecting that tooth.

Each crown is a cover or cap that fits on top of what remains of the natural tooth. In this way, the crown will protect and secure that tooth remnant.

Teeth whitening

Some behaviours can make your teeth more prone to picking up stains or discolouration. These behaviours include smoking as well as consuming drinks like coffee and tea.

However, your dentist can make your teeth noticeably whiter by bleaching your teeth with a process known as teeth whitening, as explained by WebMD. You should seriously consider receiving teeth whitening at a dental practice, rather than at home, for especially time-effective results.

Veneers

This is the word used for custom shells, usually comprising porcelain, which fit on the front of the teeth and so visibly change teeth in colour, shape or both. Veneers are appropriate for teeth of poor shape or a slightly crooked look. They can also be used to conceal worn teeth.

Your dentist will need an impression of teeth to which they will fit veneers. For this reason, it won’t be until you visit that dentist for a second time that these veneers will be inserted.

Bridges

One rather technical term for a bridge is “fixed partial denture”. If you have missing teeth, bridges can be used to fill those gaps with artificial teeth.

Before a bridge is actually put in place, your dentist will prepare surrounding teeth for crowns. The bridge will subsequently be anchored onto those teeth. Keep in mind that, once your mouth has a fixed bridge, only a dentist is capable of detaching it.

Implants

You might consider opting for implants instead of bridges, as implants can also be used to replace missing teeth. Each implant consists of a crown, which is meant to resemble a natural tooth; an abutment; and titanium metal, which will fuse to the jawbone into which it is inserted.

Even if you would like a complete arch of teeth – whether the upper or lower arch – replaced, this is possible with implants. People who live in or near Wandsworth, Clapham or Balham in London could particularly consider “All-on-4” implant treatment – so-called as it requires only four uniquely-positioned implants per arch – available from the private firm Ten Dental.

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