Cosmetic dentistry is a recent phenomenon that looks after the aesthetic appearance of teeth. The term “cosmetic” has only been recently understood and spread to its own form of dentistry. But then there’s general dentistry. This is a service that looks after your oral health needs. Whilst both are intertwined to deliver the same results, both forms of dentistry are quite different in their approach. It is easy to be confused them but understanding the difference between them is important for your own oral health needs.
Definition Of Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is a restorative service focused on changing or restoring your aesthetic appearance and change the look and feel of your teeth. If you’re looking for a smile makeover, there is a wide range of cosmetic treatments available.
When Should I Go For A Cosmetic Dentist?
For that attractiveness and shine on your teeth, the treatments available are catered to deliver long-term results for your smile. You should visit a cosmetic dentist if the state of your teeth is poor, degrading your smile.
Here are reasons why you’d visit a cosmetic dentist:
- If Your Teeth Are Stained – If stains remain even with regular brushing and flossing, then chances are you require teeth whitening treatment to improve the intrinsic element of your teeth to allow for a lighter shade.
- If Your Teeth Suffer From Wear-And-Tear – Niggling issues on your teeth typically include chips and cracks. Dental Veneer treatment helps to hide these concerns with thin-shaped porcelain shells fitted to the front surface of your teeth.
- If Your Tooth Is Infected – Whilst major surgery would be needed from a general dentist, this is dependent on the severity of the infection. Dentists may recommend dental crowns, which involves placing a dental cap over an infected tooth to protect it from any further decay or damage.
- Plaque and Tartar On Teeth – When plaque hardens, tartar begins to form as tartar is bonded to tooth enamel. A scale-and-polish involves keeping plaque at bay to keep your teeth feeling healthy and clean.
Definition Of General Dentistry
General dentistry is a preventative service focused on correcting any dental problems. Whether it be suffering from a decayed tooth, gum or jaw pain, you would need to visit a general dentist who would examine the concern before recommending appropriate preventative treatment.
When Should I Go For A General Dentist?
A general dentist is responsible for the major dental procedures that require preventive treatment. The treatments available are catered to preserve your long-term oral health.
Here are reasons why you’d want to visit a general dentist:
- If You’re Missing A Tooth – A missing tooth requires urgent treatment so there are no adverse effects, such as degrading bone density and a weakened tooth. Dental Implants act as artificial yet natural replacements for any missing gaps in teeth. Implants are stand-alone, strong and function just like your normal teeth.
- If Your Tooth Root Has A Hole – A build up of infected pus forms when a hole is found in the centre of the tooth. A dental filling helps to protect teeth from infection by clearing out the pus and applying a healthy filling.
- If You’re Missing A Set Of Teeth – Dentures act as another artificial replacement that rely on your neighbouring teeth to hold up dentures. Dentures are usually clasped on both sides of a natural tooth to stay in place.
- If Your Tooth Is Severely Infected – If a tooth is decayed, the dentist always looks to save as much of the tooth as possible. Root canal treatment is administered where a tooth is decayed, and a crown is placed on top of the tooth.
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