All dental treatments that involve aesthetic improvements to your smile are considered cosmetic dentistry. These procedures focus on the appearance of your teeth and help restore their function and overall oral health. Cosmetic dentistry is a broad category that covers a number of different dental procedures, some of which are easy to recognize as purely cosmetic, such as teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. However, there are some dental procedures that many people are unaware of that also fall under the category of cosmetic dentistry, such as dental implants, replacement of dark-colored fillings, and complete mouth reconstruction. At Porter Dental, we can also use cosmetic fillings to stop the spread of cavities and help repair a damaged tooth.
This type of dentistry does not require specialization; it only refers to the preventive and corrective measures that general practitioners take to ensure that our mouths remain as healthy as possible. Restorative dentistry is primarily concerned with keeping your mouth working as well as possible and, in the process of doing so, can improve the overall appearance of one's smile. This is what separates restorative dentistry from cosmetic dentistry, the latter being more concerned with aesthetics. If cosmetic fillings are the most appropriate treatment option for you, your dentist will perform the procedure at a time that is most convenient for you. The cosmetic filling is made of various materials depending on the location of the tooth and the materials that the dentist uses in his or her office. Cosmetic dentistry is an important part of maintaining good oral health and can help you achieve a beautiful smile.
It is important to understand the different types of procedures available so that you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you.