Not all cosmetic dentistry is the same. Not all dentists have the same credentials. If you want to be sure that the care you are getting is on the cutting edge of art, science and technology, you should also be sure to do your research on dentists and the procedures they offer. Charles Croasdill, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
To keep smiles white and bodies healthy a cosmetic dentist should never use silver-mercury amalgam fillings to repair teeth. Cosmetic dentists can replace older, failing amalgam restorations with porcelain inlays and composite resins to create fillings that not only look natural but are also longer lasting than materials of the past.
Strong and beautiful porcelain veneers can be used to dramatically rebuild and perfect front teeth. Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are highly resistant to coffee, tea or other staining agents. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.
Porcelain crowns offer another effective and popular restoration. If your teeth have been badly damaged and need structural integrity and support, dental crowns may be your ideal choice. Make sure the cosmetic dentist uses metal-free crowns which are beautiful, biocompatible and look more like natural teeth to restore strength and eliminate discomfort. These all porcelain materials can also be used for dental bridges for the most natural beauty and comfort.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your bone to hold a replacement tooth, bridge or denture. Dental implants are an ideal option for anyone in good general health who has lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, injury or decay.
A dental bridge is a sequence of custom-made false teeth that is placed permanently between two healthy teeth, filling in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The bridge is held in place by porcelain crowns on the healthy teeth on each side of space to be filled. A bridge created by a good cosmetic dentist should be completely metal-free. As a result, such a bridge absorbs light, creating a natural-looking smile with no dark lines. Cosmetic dental bridges reduce the risk of gum disease, help correct some bite problems and help improve speech.