There are many different types of procedures that a Cosmetic Dentist can perform to improve the look of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can be as simple as an hour long teeth whitening procedure or surgery for dental implants. Below you’ll learn about the most popular cosmetic dental procedures.
This is a very simple procedure that your dentist can do in his office and it only takes about one hour from start to finish. Teeth whitening is popular for patients who don’t need any type of dental work done to their teeth except for making them whiter and brighter. As you age, your teeth will become more stained from the foods and drinks that you consume. Teeth whitening will remove the stains and improve any natural discoloration you have on your teeth.
Veneers are a very thin material that your dentist places over the front of your teeth to cover up imperfections such as chipped, worn, uneven or severely stained teeth. Before adhering the veneer to your tooth, your dentist will take off a very thin layer of enamel from your tooth and make a mold of your tooth for the veneer. After the veneer is made, the dentist will prepare your tooth before cementing the veneer in place.
If you have several missing teeth, you may choose to have the rest of your teeth extracted and have dentures made. Many patients choose to have their dentures placed in their mouth right after the extractions, while other patients prefer to let their mouth heal before getting their dentures. The choice is entirely up to each patient and your dentist can explain the benefits of each option with you.
Implants are anchored into your jawbone during a surgical procedure and after the bone in your jaw fuses to the implant, which takes several months, your dentist will complete the process. The next step is to cut your gum above the implant to add a small metal rod. After this step is finished, you’ll have to wait about one month before the Cosmetic Dentist can attach the crown to the metal rod.
Joseph A. Schell D.D.S., S.C. provides dentistry services for the entire family including cleanings, teeth whitening, veneers, implants, dentures and emergency procedures. Visit the website at Schelldentistry.org to schedule a free consultation.