San Diego Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is a discipline within
dentistry in which the primary focus is the modification of
appearance of a patient's oral cavity and surrounding
structures, in conjunction with the prevention and treatment of
organic, structural, or functional oral disease. Through
cosmetic dentistry, the appearance of the mouth can be altered
to more closely match the patient's subjective concept of what
is visually pleasing.
To Improve Your Smile - Cosmetic dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry may involve: 1. the addition of a dental
material to teeth or gums - examples: bonding, porcelain veneers
(laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts 2. the removal of tooth
structure or gums - examples: enameloplasty etc., gingivectomy
3. neither adding nor removing dental materials, tooth structure
or gums - examples: teeth whitening (bleaching). 4.
straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance
of the face.
Whitening, or "tooth
bleaching", is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While
many whitening options are now available, including over the
counter products, dentist-supervised treatments remain the
recommended procedures for lightening discolored teeth.
(sculpting) and bonding performed in one office visit.
Tooth reshaping removes parts of the enamel to improve the
appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a small chip,
or to alter the length, shape or position of teeth; it can be
used to correct crooked or excessively long teeth. The removed
enamel is irreplaceable, and may sometimes expose dentin. It is
also known as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, contouring,
recontouring, slenderizing, stripping or sculpting. This
procedure offers fast results and can even be a substitute for
braces under certain circumstances.
Bonding is a process
in which an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to
a tooth's surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then
Dental bridges are
false teeth, known as a pontics, which are fused between two
porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth.
The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your
teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed
bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing
teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you
might do with removable partial dentures. In areas of your mouth
that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a
cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when
there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can
reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues
and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to
serious oral hygiene, but will last as many as ten years or
ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded
directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps or
disguising discolored teeth that do not respond well to
whitening procedures. Depending on the procedure, tooth
reduction may be necessary.
Gum lift is a
cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line.
The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying
bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical
Patients who have had years of excessive wear to their teeth due
to grinding or acid reflux can alter their vertical dimension.
This gives them a closed or shorter look to their face and
smile. By opening up their bite, a qualified professional can
reclaim their vertical dimension and sometimes even remove
unwanted wrinkles as well.