Most Popular Dental Procedures and Their Explanations

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Cosmetic dentistry is rapidly growing in popularity as more and more people look to dentists to improve their smiles, appearances, and health. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the majority of adults think having an attractive smile is an important social asset and that an unattractive smile can have negative career implications. Knowing this, it’s no surprise that some dental procedures are becoming more common.

High-Quality Dentistry

One of the most important steps you can take before undergoing a dental procedure is to make sure the practitioner you choose practices high-quality dentistry. A highly skilled dentist can minimize pain and discomfort while making sure your procedure is successful. You can determine if a practitioner is highly skilled by finding out what type of continuing education he or she undergoes, asking if the dentist is a member of any professional organizations, and by making a quick visit to the office to get a feel for the dental practice.

Once you’ve chosen a dental practitioner, make sure he or she makes you feel comfortable, doesn’t keep you waiting too long, and respects the relationship between dental health and whole-body well-being. Furthermore, it’s worth it to pay a little more for a high-quality practitioner. Visiting a low-quality provider can end up costing you a lot of money down the road. A great thing is to remind your children of the importance of Brushing.

Popular Dental Procedures

Teeth whitening is a popular dental procedure. Its reasonable cost and relative ease make it a good option for those wanting to improve their smiles without paying huge sums of money or undergoing an invasive procedure. The best results are achieved through an in-office whitening treatment, but some dentists offer take-home whitening kits. The results last several months, but your diet and how well you care for your teeth can shorten or lengthen the amount of time your whitening treatment lasts.

Having porcelain veneers bonded to your existing teeth is another popular dental option. During your first visit, your dentist will buff, shape, and take an impression of your permanent teeth. With your dentist’s guidance, you’ll also choose the color of your veneers during this visit. On your next visit, a bonding adhesive will be used to attach the veneers to your permanent teeth, and a light beam will set the adhesive. This procedure is a good option to replace teeth that are chipped, cracked, or discolored, and it is a semi-permanent solution. Porcelain veneers typically last ten to fifteen years before requiring replacement.

While not as exciting or glamorous as other dental procedures, bonding is a common option that can improve the appearance of teeth. In restorative dentistry, bonding is mainly used to attach fillings, crowns, and veneers to damaged teeth. In cosmetic dentistry, bonding provides a simple, affordable way to correct gaps, chips, and cracks.

Dental implants are another common procedure, and the best option in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry to combat tooth loss. Dental implants provide the highest level of strength and durability available today and look like natural teeth. An implant consists of a titanium tooth root that is surgically implanted into the jaw. After surgery, it takes about six months for the artificial root to fuse to the bone. After the root fuses, a crown is affixed to the top of the implant and serves as the tooth replacement. The implant should never require replacement, but you may have to replace the crown after ten to fifteen years.

Gingival contouring is a popular procedure that helps minimize gummy smiles. Gummy smiles occur when an excessive amount of gum tissue is visible when someone smiles. To correct this issue, many people choose to undergo laser therapy, surgical lip repositioning, or gingival sculpting. Also known as gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this procedure is usually performed by a periodontist or orthodontist. It evens out uneven gums and can give you a beautiful smile.

Artistry Skills

While most people don’t consider dentists to be artists, the best practitioners typically have artistry skills gleaned from years of practice and study. A dentist that views his or her craft as a form of artistry is likely to give you the type of smile you’ve been dreaming of for years. When someone possesses not only the technical skills required for a job but also the creativity and attention to detail you would expect from an artist, you can rest assured you’ve found an excellent practitioner that you can trust with your oral health. 

Being able to discuss your expectations with a dentist able to listen and create your perfect smile is a type of artistry in a dentist you are looking for. My First Dental, believes each patient should be given complete attention during their consultation so that their smile can reflect the person perfectly.

Takeaway

Cosmetic dentistry is growing in popularity as more people seek ways to improve their smiles and appearances. It’s important to find a high-quality practitioner that you like and feel comfortable with since dental procedures often require several visits. With the right training and knowledge, a good dentist can fix almost any concern you have, giving you more confidence and leaving you with a smile to be proud of.   

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grand children. She adores animals, and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, who's mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four month old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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