Dental Cosmetic Surgery
Now please don’t be put off by the thought of “surgery”. Cosmetic dentistry includes a range of dental and orthodontic treatments, many of which are not what you’d normally call surgical procedures. Learn about the procedures involved and I’m sure you’ll find that this is way better than you first expected.
Depending on your teeth & specific aspirations, your cosmetic dentist might need to implement several cosmetic surgery procedures to give you that perfect smile you always dreamed of. Great smiles may be disrupted by many factors
including missing teeth, crooked, overlapping or chipped teeth, badly stained or unsightly filled teeth or too high or too low gums giving the appearance of short or very long teeth. Cosmetic dental surgery may involve straightening, reshaping, aligning, whitening or restoring teeth, often by implants, veneers, bleaching, orthodontics (braces), or gum surgery.
Lets take a brief look at some of the dental cosmetic surgery procedures that you might be interested to learn about.
Tooth Whitening is one of the most common, quickest and easiest procedures. Whilst slow working home whitening kits are available a dentist using special bleaching gel or a special halogen lamp, can whiten your teeth by several shades with just one visit.
Accelerated Orthodontics like the Inman Aligner, a removable appliance, can straighten crooked front teeth in as little as 6 weeks where traditional fitted braces might take up to a few years.
Composite and Porcelain Veneers are a very effective way to brighten even the most challenged smile.
They are effective for the treatment of teeth whose enamel is worn, chipped, or discolored and are especially popular for minor aesthetic problems related to misaligned or unevenly proportioned teeth. Veneers can be used to lighten discolored teeth, straighten squint teeth and even to close spaces between front teeth. These days dental cosmetic surgery options include Lumineers Veneers which are thinner than standard dental veneers require minimal tooth preparation before being glued to the outer surface of teeth.
For badly chipped or completely missing teeth, more substantial procedures including bonding and implants are available. A dental implant is a synthetic “root” which is permanently implanted in the space where the natural tooth once lived. The problems of gum shrinkage or irritation, and changes in speech, are eliminated with the use of dental implants. One significant advantage of dental implants is the reduction of strain on the surrounding teeth, especially when compared to bridges.
Dental implants are very often a preferred choice of treatment due to the implant screw fusing directly to the bone structure of the patient’s jaw, a procedure known as osseointegration. Successful osseointegration leads to feeling as though your tooth has returned. A protective cover is fitted over the dental implant until the fusing process is complete which can take anywhere from three to six months.
Once osseointegration is completed, the dentist will fit a temporary crown over the screw, allowing that area of the gum to form naturally to accommodate the final custom crown. This new “tooth” implant will match your natural teeth in color and texture and size. These prosthetic teeth are so good that they are easily mistaken for real teeth.
Implants are best suited where you have healthy gums, sufficient bone for the fusing to take place, and a commitment to continuing good care and aftercare. Dental implants are a significant investment in both health and self-esteem. Protecting your oral health is foremost, but a wonderful benefit is the confidence you feel when you flash that “winning” smile.
With Bonding your cosmetic dentist uses a composite resin to fill in large chips and/or cracks in teeth. Typically, this method is preferred over purely cosmetic veneers for those teeth positioned beside the front teeth. Bonding affords not only aesthetic value, but offers the added benefit of reducing further damage to the affected tooth or teeth by filling them in and strengthening them in the process.
Bridges are another option in dental cosmetic surgery and offer a suitable alternative for teeth down the sides of the mouth. They are dependent on strong healthy adjoining teeth which are used as mounts for the bridge.
If you’re anything like me, you had a strong aversion to the thought of dental cosmetic surgery, and thought of it only as gum surgery. I truly felt like it was going to be a huge ordeal. Thankfully I found that it is really nowhere near as bad as it sounds.
Your gum tissue can be considered to be the frame that provides form and shape to the top of your tooth. Cosmetic gum surgery is the procedure of sculpturing your gums so that your teeth appear to be longer with less gum showing or shorter with more gum showing when you smile.
As your gums recede from age or gum disease, your teeth may appear longer than normal. While “long teeth” may result in an unattractive smile, the more important concerned is root sensitivity and possible tooth loss.
Recent advances in techniques and materials have resulted in significant improvements in both comfort, predictability and esthetics. Cosmetic gum surgery, or periodontal plastic surgery, can correct almost any deformity or gingival problems interrupting your beautiful smile.
The “Gummy Smile” (Excessive Gingival Display) is when your teeth appear too small and your gums appear to large. Gum sculpting is often the solution. To solve this, a dentist uses a laser to remove the excess tissue of your “gummy” smile, which then exposes more of your tooth to afford you a glorious smile.
Healing after gum surgery is usually quick and your more youthful and beautiful smile is very quickly obvious.
Gum surgery additionally improves the health of your gums and helps to reduce tooth sensitivity to cold or hot foods or beverages while also protecting your roots from decay and reducing further gum shrinkage.
Cosmetic gum surgery is of course, surgery and is often performed in segments under a local anesthetic – unless your entire mouth is undergoing this procedure at once, then a general anesthesia is typically used.
Dentures are certainly not just a geriatric’s solution. When ever any of the above are not possible, dentures usually afford a very realistic alternative. Technology now makes it possible to add new front teeth in such a way that the denture’s presence is impossible to spot. Properly done these are comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.
The Cost of dental cosmetic surgery will vary depending on a number of factors including the skills of the cosmetic dentist performing your treatment, the materials that are used in your treatment, the clinic or area that the treatment is carried out and the country that you are in.
What is the next step if I am considering cosmetic dentistry?
If you are thinking about undertaking dental cosmetic surgery procedure it is important that you understand the different
options that are available to you and what can be done to improve your teeth or smile. You can follow the links on this page to read more about these procedures and what they are used to correct. It is important that you understand the risks involved with any cosmetic procedure that you are considering. After you have researched the options, book a consultation with a cosmetic dentist where you will have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss the pros and cons of different treatments and also the costs.
If you’d like to revitalize your smile, the take some time out to review the articles and pages presented here to find out how you too can have the perfect smile!