Cosmetic Dentistry Las Vegas is a broad term for dental procedures that improve the appearance of your teeth. They may include whitening, veneers, bridges, or crowns.
The primary difference between cosmetic and restorative dental procedures is that the former is done for aesthetic purposes, while the latter is necessary to restore a tooth. Additionally, therapeutic procedures often involve more invasive treatment.
Dental implants are a popular choice for replacing missing teeth. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth and are more durable than dentures. They also do not require specialized care or removal. Implants can replace one or more missing teeth and improve your smile, oral health, and self-confidence.
A cosmetic dentist places a metal post into your jawbone beneath your gums to get a tooth implant. This fuses to your jawbone over a few months. The dentist then places a replacement tooth, called a crown, on top of the post. A dental implant looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth and can be paired with a bridge or denture for added stability.
A cosmetic dentist can offer dental implants to almost any patient with healthy gums and sufficient bone volume. Patients must commit to regular oral hygiene, attend regular dental appointments, and know that implant failure could damage surrounding teeth or facial bones.
Implants are a common treatment for people with missing or failing teeth, but dental insurance does not always cover them. They are classified as restorative dentistry, whereas other treatments are considered cosmetic. However, some private insurance companies may cover part of the cost of the procedure. The CDG can help fund some dental implant procedures. Apply now to see if you are eligible.
Dental bonding is a quick and inexpensive cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help repair minor chips, cracks, gaps, or discoloration in your teeth. The dentist uses a tooth-colored composite resin to hide these flaws and reshape your teeth. The process typically takes 30 to 60 minutes and requires little or no anesthesia.
First, the dentist prepares the tooth by roughing the surface and applying a conditioning liquid to help the bonding material stick. Next, the dentist applies the composite resin to the tooth and molds it into shape. They then harden the resin using a special curing light. Finally, they trim and polish the bonding to ensure it blends in with the rest of your natural enamel.
While bonding is useful for repairing minor dental imperfections, it’s important to remember that it’s not as strong as your natural tooth enamel and isn’t ideal for treating extensive damage or reshaping very large areas of the mouth. For example, bonding can cover small cavities but would be less effective for addressing major chips in the teeth, as these would likely require more substantial treatment with porcelain veneers. For this reason, it’s generally used as a short-term cosmetic fix for teeth in areas of the mouth that are not subject to excessive bite pressure.
One of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures involves teeth whitening. Teeth whitening uses bleaching products to remove discoloration and staining from teeth, resulting in a whiter smile. While many people have tried whitening products at home, only a professional can provide the best results. This is because a cosmetic dentist has the proper materials to ensure you receive the most effective treatment. They will also make sure your teeth are free of gingivitis and cavities so that you get the most out of the whitening.
Aside from teeth whitening, many cosmetic dentists offer additional procedures that can improve the look and feel of your smile. These include crowns, veneers, and dental bonding. Crowns repair cracked or chipped teeth and can be placed on top of fillings to protect the tooth from further damage. Veneers are custom-made to cover teeth and can be made from various materials, including porcelain. Bonding is similar to veneers but can be used on a single tooth or more than one.
Many people who are interested in cosmetic dentistry are concerned with the appearance of their smile. Teeth whitening is the most popular cosmetic dental procedure and can dramatically transform your smile. However, only some are good candidates for this treatment because it only works on natural teeth free of stains and discoloration.
Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded to your teeth’ surface, covering imperfections. They can close gaps, reshape chipped teeth, or cover tarnishing or stains that haven’t responded to whitening treatments. They can also be used to even out the color of your smile and provide a more uniform appearance.
While composite resin veneers can offer some of the same cosmetic results as porcelain, we use only porcelain at Pound Ridge for its durability, hardness, glassiness, high resistance to staining, and the way it reflects and absorbs light like your natural teeth. The result is more aesthetically pleasing and natural than composite veneers, which can look fake or unnatural.
Veneers are typically used to make minor changes to your teeth. They can correct various aesthetic issues, such as closing a gap. These lengthening teeth have been worn down due to grinding habits, filling in black triangles between teeth caused by gum recession, reshaping chipped teeth, or covering tarnishing or stains. Because veneers are a cosmetic procedure and not a restorative treatment, they may not be covered by insurance.
During your first appointment, we will discuss your goals for your smile and determine if veneers are the right option for you. Next, we will prepare your tooth by shaving a very small amount of enamel off the surface to create room for the veneers. After this, we will take impressions of your teeth and affix temporary veneers while the lab produces your permanent ones.
In some cases, your smile may suffer from structural damage that affects both function and appearance. Porcelain crowns are cosmetic repairs that conceal these problems while making the tooth stronger. They are used to repair broken or decayed teeth and improve the shape of teeth. They are often placed on the front teeth to cover a chip or a discolored tooth.
Unlike veneers only bonded to the tooth’s surface, porcelain crowns encase the entire tooth. The dentist prepares the tooth by cleaning it and reshaping it. Then, they take a dental impression and send it to the lab for fabrication. In the meantime, they will provide you with a temporary crown to wear.
When the crown is ready, they numb the tooth and apply it using cement. The dentist checks to ensure it fits correctly and is lifelike enough. They then cement the crown to the tooth and seal it.
Porcelain crowns are made from two layers, with a sturdy metal base and a lifelike top layer that is colored to match the natural tooth. They are popular in cosmetic dentistry because they resemble the normal tooth aesthetically. There are several types of porcelain crowns. One is called E Max monolithic, which is made from lithium disilicate. These are durable and good for patients with nighttime bruxism. Another type is porcelain fused to zirconia, which is strong and combines the best of both worlds.
If you suffer from receding gums, the gum tissue that covers your teeth is shrinking and exposing more of the tooth’s surface. This common dental problem can cause tooth sensitivity and ruin the look of your smile. It is also a significant risk factor for serious oral health problems like periodontitis.
Gingival sculpting, gum reshaping, or gingivoplasty is a cosmetic treatment that can address these issues. It’s a simple surgical procedure that can cover the exposed tooth roots and restore the natural gum line of your smile.
This cosmetic dental surgery is a wonderful alternative to traditional gum grafting that involves cutting and stitches. During the procedure, the gum is numbed with a local anesthetic. Then, a small entry point about the size of a pinhole is made in the gum area above the affected teeth. Our dentist uses a specialized tool to free the gum tissue and move it back to a more normal position. Collagen strips are placed through the entry point to hold the tissue.
This is a quick and painless way to correct gum recession, whether caused by aggressive brushing habits, advanced periodontal disease, or natural aging. It’s a less invasive treatment than traditional gum grafting, and it can be used on multiple teeth at once. Most patients experience only minor swelling and tenderness, easily controlled with over-the-counter medication.