What is Cosmetic Dentistry and how can I benefit from it?
Once upon a time, a dentist was the person you would see when you had a toothache or when you needed the cracks in your cavity filled when they decayed – or in the inevitable event that you needed to extract a tooth. Although the job of a dentist was never limited to drilling and filling, the unfair perception was nevertheless difficult to ignore for its prevalence and constant reminding in the popular media. However, that perception has since undergone a sweeping change.
Fast forward to today’s world, many people show up at a dental clinic without any hint of pain – or dental problem, for that matter. They see a dentist not because they have to but because they want to. This big change can be attributed to the huge strides that dental science and technology has taken in recent decades. One of the most exciting and important new developments of the modern dental practice is Cosmetic Dentistry.
This new branch of dentistry is changing the very concept of how people are viewing the work and expertise of a dentist. Cosmetic dentists are a new generation of dentists offering a multi-disciplinary host of treatments, all designed to improve the aesthetic qualities of your smile.
True to their profession, cosmetic dentists consider all the aspects of your oral health and wellbeing when they are treating you. While the main treatment objective usually takes the form of beauty enhancements, cosmetic dentists also restore health and functionality to your teeth. For instance, in addition to aesthetic improvements, some cosmetic dentists offer restorative treatments like dental implants to treat your tooth loss problems.
Compared to ill-fitting dentures, which used to be the standard treatment available for tooth loss patients, dental implants provide a permanent solution that is also more aesthetically pleasing. As the implant is designed to fit into the spot where the original tooth was once located, it must conform to the exact, size and shape of the missing tooth, while blending in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth. This achieves a win-win situation in which patients enjoy the stability and durability that dental implants offer as a tooth replacement option, while at the same time getting a more natural looking appearance.
Of course, demand for pure cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening are also growing in tandem with the public’s increased acceptance of Cosmetic Dentistry as an indispensible facet of Health and Beauty. In recent times, teeth whitening procedures are viewed as a basic expectation. Thanks to new and exciting teeth whitening systems like Opalescence, the public has come to recognise the visible results that one can achieve within a relatively short space of time. This is especially true with In-chair treatments that can achieve a dramatic shade difference in less than one hour. Dentist-administered systems – whether in-chair or take-home whitening kits – are today the subject of many beauty forums not simply because they are catching on in the fashion domain, the palpable results are making even once sceptical individuals take notice.
Advances in dental material sciences and technology have produced another breakthrough cosmetic dental treatment that many people are raving about – dental veneers. A cosmetic dentist would usually recommend these thin porcelain shells that look like the enamel of your natural teeth as “coverings” to hide stained, crooked and even cracked teeth. These veneers mimic the same translucent quality of natural teeth and even react to different lighting conditions in the same way. They are able to hide any dental flaws you may have while redesigning your teeth structure and contours to give you the brilliant smile you’ve always wanted.
If you curious to find out what more a cosmetic dentist can do to beautify your smile, speak to a dentist at Dentistry@Ballarat. For more info on Dentistry at Ballarat, call +61(3) 53649555 or visit dentistryatballarat.com.au
FAQsWhy do you take an hour for the first exam, when other dentists don’t? There are many problems that a patient can present with on their first appointment. Sometimes the health of your teeth and all the structures that surround your teeth are perfect. But we don’t know what we will find when we’re seeing a patient for the first time. So before we can give you the “all clear” we feel that we have to set aside enough time to explore all your presenting issues (and not just the obvious ones that are quick to spot.) You can rest assured that our standard fee is charged for this comprehensive 1 hour appointment.
Comprehensive Exam Why do I need to see a hygienist? Can’t the dentist just clean my teeth? Will they cost more? Hygienists’ training is dedicated to caring for gums, whereas dentists cover a much wider field of diagnosis. A narrower, more detailed focus generally means that more problems can be diagnosed at an earlier stage when treatment is easier, cheaper and with a better prognosis
Hygienists usually spend more time with you, thoroughly cleaning your teeth. They also can provide you with advice on how to take really great care of your smile. And, it doesn’t cost any more to see a hygienist!
Gum health requires more regular checking than the teeth. The hygienist is an economic way for you to have your teeth cleaned regularly without having to see the dentist every time—similar to seeing your GP when you have the flu, rather than getting an appointment with a specialist surgeon.
Maintaining Healthy Gums I haven’t been to a dentist in years & I’m worried about what they might find. At Dentistry @ Ballarat our team understands that fixing dental problems that may have been brewing for years can see the bills mount. That is why we’ll make certain that you get a treatment plan that allows you to be aware upfront of indicative costs and time. We also offer GE credit to assist with payment plans so that you can rest assured that you can budget accordingly.
We always focus on preserving teeth as much as possible and practicable. Dental problems compound if left untreated and that generally means the optimal time to start is straightaway. While the prospect of getting a number of procedures to fix your dental problems can be worrying, the best place to start is with a roadmap that will let you know where we need to go.
Services What’s the difference between a porcelain filling
and a cheaper one? Porcelain fillings are incredibly strong. A porcelain filling gives the tooth back its strength. Research has shown that the strength of the tooth is restored by porcelain to between 80–100% of its original strength. A usual (composite) filling comes nowhere close to that. Amalgam (silver) fillings are even worse—actually sometime causing teeth to fracture.
Porcelain fillings are more compatible with natural teeth than any basic filling material. Composite wears much faster than enamel and can break down base of the tooth, allowing decay to get into the tooth. No filling carries a 100% guarantee, but porcelain fillings come closer than any other basic filling material.
Cosmetic Dentistry How do our dentists look
aftertheir own teeth? You can read about Dr Ian Harper’s personal experience here. Why do I need X-rays?
Do they do me any harm? The fear of X-rays is understandable. However, the dosage of dental X-rays is very low compared to medical X-rays. In fact, X-rays surround us constantly whether we are at the dentist or not, in the form of background radiation, something which is given off by every object. You would need to take nearly 100,000 dental X-rays to equal the dosage of background radiation you experience over an average lifetime. Our digital X-ray system makes them even safer, reducing dosage by 50%.
We cannot always see where decay has managed to enter the tooth. X-rays prevent unnecessary fillings and allow us to do only the fillings that need to be done. Early diagnosis of decay also prevents the need for root-fillings into the future. If it isn’t currently broken,
do I need to get it fixed? A “stitch in time saves nine” describes our approach perfectly.
Our teeth have to serve us from when we are 6 to 106, and while the rest of the body can repair itself after being damaged, our teeth depend on us to be fixed.
Sometimes a tooth can be fixed after it has fractured; then again, sometimes the fracture is catastrophic and the only alternative is to extract it. No matter how easily it can be fixed, the prognosis for the tooth is always better if there is more of the tooth left to fix. That implies that the dentist and any assisting team members should use their experience and knowledge to identify those teeth which are heading in the direction of catastrophic failure and advise the patient accordingly.
The same preventive principles also apply to the other two most common causes of tooth loss: decay causing abscess and gum disease.