Teeth Whitening & Dental Procedures

By on January 26, 2013

Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise. A dentist can transform your smile into a beautiful and bright smile that you have been dreaming of.  There are several choices available for cosmetic dentist work that you can choose from. A Dentist will determine the best procedure that will transform your smile.

Fillings are used to fill cavities that have formed as a result of tooth decay.

There are many types of fillings and each is suitable for different cavities. Most people will choose to have an anesthetic injection to numb the area when they are having their filling done. The numbness takes several hours to clear.

Amalgam fillings are made using a combination of metals such as silver, copper and mercury. It is durable and can withstand grinding and chewing for a longer period of time.  You can also choose tooth colored filing to match with the color of your teeth making them natural looking. These are not as durable as amalgam fillings are.

When a tooth is broken due to large amount of filing or decay, you can have a crown fixed to strengthen the tooth. Crowns are shaped like natural teeth and are fitted over the prepared tooth. Crowns on the back teeth are made of gold or porcelain while those at the front are made of ceramic materials.

The cosmetic dentist will shape your tooth so that there is room to fit the crown after having administered anesthesia to numb the place. A mould of your tooth will be taken to the dental technician to make a crown that will fit the tooth properly.  It will take one or two weeks for the crown to be ready so the dentist will fix you a temporary one and at the second appointment, you will be fitted with the new one.

Inlays and onlays are similar to fillings. Inlays are placed on the biting surface of the tooth while onlays will cover the larger area of the tooth. They are also made in a laboratory and cemented on the tooth using an adhesive. The inlays and onlays are very strong and are more durable than ordinary fillings. They are made of gold or porcelain.

Teeth have nerves and blood vessels in a space known as root canal. Deep decay and injury to the tooth will destroy the living tissue and make it dark in colour. The root canal needs to be cleaned well before any restoration work is done. Disinfectants are used to remove any bacteria and dead cells from the root canal. Placing a filling into the root canal will then seal the tooth.

There are veneers too. A tooth colored material will be fitted over a discolored tooth. The surface of your own tooth will be filed down to allow the added thickness of the veneer. The dentist will then bond the veneer onto the front of your tooth. They can last for a very long time but they are damaged through accidents, break or chip and will need replacement.

When it comes to teeth whitening in or around your area, you should look for a dentist who is a specialist in the field. After they are done with the procedure, you will have gleeming white teeth and a nice smile.

For more information on teeth whitening of cosmetic dentistry in Newcastle visit Bute Dental Restorative & Cosmetic Centre or call us today on 0191 414 3394.

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