Cosmetic Dentistry Kent
Cosmetic dentistry is different from regular restorative dentistry. Cosmetic dentists work on restoring the functionality of the teeth but also go beyond restoring the teeth to their original state by focusing on the aesthetic of the teeth. This means that cosmetic dentistry is aimed at changing the shape, size, colour, alignment and overall appearance of the person’s smile.
Because it is not necessarily meant to improve the function or health of the teeth, the NHS doesn’t usually provide cosmetic dentistry services, so visiting a private cosmetic dentist in Kent is a good option.
There are many treatments that are considered to be cosmetic. The most popular treatments include:
Teeth whitening – The teeth are lightened using a bleaching solution. It is a straightforward, inexpensive way to brighten your smile. It works best on yellowish surface stains on the enamel of your tooth and doesn’t work as well on grey discolouration from dead tissue.
Composite Dental Fillings – These types of fillings are bonded to the existing tooth and do not require you to remove any healthy parts of the tooth. The material is tooth coloured and considered to look more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam fillings.
Tooth Contouring & Reshaping – Cosmetic dentists can use a laser or drill to smooth or reshape teeth.
Dental Implants – These are usually made from titanium and used to replace the root of the tooth. Implants are usually fitted with a crown to create a natural looking replacement for the entire tooth.
Porcelain/Composite Veneers – They are designed to be a substitute for tooth enamel. These thin shells of tooth coloured material can be used to mask a variety of dental imperfections.
Composite Bonding – The tooth coloured composite resin is attached to the tooth to improve the strength and appearance of a chipped tooth. It requires no drilling and very little preparation.
Porcelain Crowns — Heavily damaged teeth can be covered with natural-looking porcelain crowns, which can replace more natural tooth structure than some veneers.
Porcelain Bridgework — A missing tooth can be replaced with porcelain bridgework that is attached to the natural teeth on either side of the space.
Depending on your budget and the current state of your teeth, you may find you have more than one option to settle on. If you are looking to replace broken or decayed teeth, you can consider getting dental implants or veneers fitted.
Dental Implants Kent
A dental implant is used to support one or more false teeth. It consists of a titanium screw that is secured into the jawbone to replace the root of a decayed or loose tooth. The implant can last you many years as long as you care for them and go for regular maintenance appointments. Similar to natural teeth, neglected implants can develop a coating which can lead to gum infection, bleeding, soreness and discomfort if left untreated. Other conditions such as the strength and health of the bone they are fitted to also contribute to the lifespan of your implants. Implants are used to replace a single tooth, more than one tooth in different areas of the mouth and teeth that are missing in a row.
Implants are fitted under local anaesthetic and are considered to be a safe and straightforward procedure. The implant is then placed underneath the gum line to protect the implant from force while it is going through the healing stage.
After the implants have been placed into the jaw, the bone will need to grow around them to secure the implant into place. This can take a few months. If the implant is secure enough after they have been fitted, the false teeth or crown can be fitted over the implant sooner. You may need to have temporary dentures fitted in the meantime. If you already wear a full set of dentures, they will need altering to fit properly after the surgery and a healing cap will be fitted over the implant.
After the healing stage, the implant needs to be exposed by removing some of the overlaying gum. Once the bone has successfully integrated, the dental surgeon will attach an abutment to the implant. This will act as a post to hold the false tooth into place and cover the titanium screw.
The dental surgeon will give you instructions on how to look after your implants. They may give you painkillers or advise you to take them throughout the next few days. Cleaning the teeth is no different than cleaning regular teeth. If you have a dental hygienist, you may need to visit them more regularly however, you can discuss this with your dental team.
You cannot remove the tooth covering the implant by yourself; it should always be done by a professional. Some people choose to wear removable dentures over the implants to make them easier to clean.
Dental Veneers Kent
Dental veneers are used to improve the shape, colour and position of the teeth. They are also a popular option for restoring chipped and broken teeth. A veneer is made out of a thin layer or porcelain which is placed over the front surface of the tooth. The procedure has been compared to the application of false nails on top of the real nail. Like real teeth, a veneer can be broken or chipped, but once fitted, can last for many years.
Preparation for veneers includes the dental surgeon removing about half a millimetre of enamel from your tooth which is equivalent to the thickness of the porcelain veneer. This will be done under a local anaesthetic. Then the dental surgeon will make a model impression of your teeth which will be sent to a dental laboratory and be used to construct your veneers. This can take 1 to two weeks.
For unsightly teeth a temporary veneer may be fitted.
When the veneers are ready, your dental surgeon may need to trim them to make sure they fit perfectly. The veneer will be polished and the tooth will be cleaned and etched to aid the bonding process. They are then bonded to the tooth with a glue cement and cured using a light. Once the veneers have been securely bonded to the teeth, any excess cement will be removed.
Since dental veneers are not normally available under NHS treatment, you should look for a private dentist to perform the procedure.
Private dentists in Kent offer cosmetic treatments at affordable prices which includes fitting for veneers. The costs will vary and you should check what’s covered, including aftercare, when going forward and choosing from dental veneers, Kent.