There can be a variety of reasons as to why you need to visit a dentist. Restorative work aims to improve the general health of your mouth, teeth, and gums; whereas if you want to perfect that smile to make your teeth whiter and straighter then you may need to consider cosmetic dentistry. Cosmetic and restorative dentistry are different but are often used together to give you the healthy, glowing smile that you have always wanted.
What is Restorative Dentistry?
Restorative dentistry is the term used to ensure your mouth, teeth and gums are healthy so you can easily eat and chew food and the mouth functions as best it can. It’s all about the mouth being fit for purpose for day-to-day life and overall oral health.
There are many different types of restorative procedures to improve the mouth, teeth and gums. Fillings are one of the most common treatments required, where a tooth needs to be filled because of a cavity or decay. Dental crowns are also a frequent restorative procedure where a false tooth or cap is placed over the tooth to restore its shape, size and strength. This improves both appearance and the overall structure and health of the tooth. Bridges can replace up to three teeth in a row if necessary.
Dentures have been around a long time and are a mouth prosthetic which replaces an entire arch of missing teeth. Partial dentures may have a metal framework and class which connect to your teeth.
Another restorative treatment is a dental implant which is used to replace teeth which have been badly damaged and will not survive. Over time an implanted screw will fuse with the jaw bone to support the fake tooth.
Root canal therapy is another common restorative treatment where infected pulp is removed from the inside of the tooth to prevent an extraction.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry will improve your smile so it is more aesthetically pleasing and may improve the appearance of the teeth, gums or bite. This may include whitening, shaping, closing spaces or replacing teeth. There are a variety of techniques which dentists can perform to achieve desired results and help to give you the smile you’ve always wanted
Teeth whitening can brighten a smile and is one of the most popular dental cosmetic treatments. and involves bleaching the teeth. There are a number of options available for teeth whitening to remove surface stains that can take as little as 90 minutes.
Porcelain and composite veneers are a substitute for tooth enamel and can mask dental imperfections.
Tooth contouring and reshaping deals with imperfections. Very small amounts of tooth enamel are removed to change the shape, length and surface so teeth look neater, straighter and more uniform.
How Can They be Used Together?
Sometimes cosmetic and restorative dentistry work alongside eachother. For example, a broken tooth will be classed as restorative, but cosmetic dentistry will be carried out to ensure it fits with the rest of the teeth and is the right colour and height. There is an overlap between the two fields, but cosmetic dentistry will go beyond just restoring someone’s teeth, so the final result is more pleasing to the eye.
Dr. Flora Galoustian always integrates aesthetic and restorative dentistry, because a healthy and beautiful smile can make a huge difference. Dr. Flora and her team at the Balmain Dentist can help to create it using the latest techniques and treatments in a comfortable setting. Ring the practice today to make an appointment for a consultation.