f192f-beautifulsmileThere are many paths on the road towards the beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted. Some are simple procedures while some are a bit more involved, but each focuses on the unique dental needs of every individual.

1. Cosmetic Fillings

Cosmetic fillings use natural-looking components such as porcelain instead of gold and silver-colored fillings to repair worn and cracked teeth as well as cavities. Cosmetic fillings include dental porcelain fillings, dental composite fillings and dental ionomers. Dental porcelain fillings are mainly used for crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers, composite fillings restore teeth that has decayed and ionomers focus on cavities and cracks near the gum line and tooth root.

2. Bonding

Bonding is a veneer alternative that uses tooth-colored material to close gaps and improve tooth color. Bonding isn’t as permanent as veneers and may also stain. Caps may be used if damage occurs to bonding in a short period of time.

3. Cosmetic Contouring

Cosmetic contouring deals with minor changes such as smoothing pointy teeth and minor chips and restructuring worn teeth. Cosmetic contouring is often combined with dental whitening for a drastic change in the appearance of a smile.

4. Crowns

Crowns use ceramic to create artificial teeth that are placed over filed-down teeth. Teeth that are filed down are severely damaged or have had to had enamel removed due to decay. Crowns are also attached to dental implants and bridges and are used as caps for a complete make-over. It’s very important to floss and brush daily and gargle with an anti-bacterial mouthwash to avoid tartar and debris accumulation around the crown, and any teeth-damaging habits such as jaw clenching and teeth-grinding should be remedied.

5. Bridges

Bridges are custom-made appliances composed of porcelain or gold alloys that replace sections of missing teeth, which remedies bite issues in the upper and lower teeth as well as its natural contour. Bridges come in the form of permanent bridges, cantilever bridges, conventional fixed bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Implant bridges are appliances placed below the bone or gum tissue.

6. Ridge Augmentation

Ridge augmentation rebuilds part of the jaw bone in order to enhance gum line appearance and tooth crowns. This surgical procedure is used after trauma to the jawline caused by tooth loss or genetics.

7. Soft Tissue Grafts

Soft tissue grafts involve the removal of soft tissue from one part of the mouth to other parts that need enhancement. Soft tissue grafts are used in cases of gum recession and periodontist.

8. Implants

Implants come in single tooth form to replace one tooth, while other procedures can replace an entire row of teeth. Special implant procedures are used to patients who would once be unable to receive dental implants due to insufficient bone in the jaw.