Missing teeth usually come with various issues such as poor pronunciation, difficulty chewing, jaw bone deterioration, and much more. However, the most glaring issue easily noticeable is poor dental aesthetics. Having unsightly gaps in your smile will affect your self-esteem.
That’s why our dentist in Calgary offers cosmetic and implant dentistry to help you deal with the aesthetic and functional issues that come with missing teeth. You might be shocked to find out that implants are a treatment offered within Calgary cosmetic dentistry. Over and above that, most people don’t think that cosmetic dentists can perform dental implant surgery.
So, let’s understand what a cosmetic dentist does.
In a nutshell, a cosmetic dentist can perform various procedures that range from fixing minor issues to performing major surgeries to ensure that your smile is looking its best.
What Is the Most Popular Cosmetic Procedure?
As mentioned above, there are a plethora of services within Calgary cosmetic dentistry. Here they are:
- Teeth Whitening
This is among the most sought-after cosmetic dental procedures, and with good reason. It is one of the least expensive treatments that immediately impact your dental aesthetics. Who wouldn’t love to see their smile transform in a heartbeat?
The procedure is performed to remove stains from your teeth. Over time, when you eat teeth-staining foods or have certain habits such as smoking, your teeth may turn yellow. This makes the teeth unattractive. So, teeth whitening turns the clock back, and your smile looks as good as ever.
There are tons of teeth whitening treatments that can be found in your local stores. However, if you desire to get safe, quick, and effective results, you should let our dentist perform the procedure.
- Dental Veneers
This is another common cosmetic dental treatment. It is performed to correct various cosmetic dental flaws such as minor cracks, spaces between teeth, chips, and severely stained teeth. They can also be used to upgrade the appearance of crooked teeth.
They are versatile since they are made from tooth-like shells, which are ultra-thin, and are placed on the front surface of the flawed tooth. Once the veneer is placed over the tooth, your smile will instantly change.
However, the main downside of the procedure is that your teeth have to be prepped. This means that our dentist will need to create room for the veneers by removing some of the tooth enamel. If this is not done, the veneers become bulky and uncomfortable. Always note that the procedure is irreversible since enamel can never grow back.
- Dental Bonding
Tooth or dental bonding is a similar procedure to dental veneers. However, with bonding, our dentist will use composite resin to cover the flawed teeth. The resin is moldable, and once it hardens, our dentist will trim, shape, and polish the resin to ensure that it blends with the rest of your teeth.
- Dental Crowns
Tooth crowns are also a common treatment that is used to cover and reinforce damaged teeth. It is also similar to porcelain veneers with one notable difference; crowns cover the entire tooth and not just the front surface.
- Dental Implants
Our cosmetic dentist can replace those teeth after tooth loss or severe tooth decay by placing the titanium rod in the jawbone to replace the root. The jawbone will be given some time to heal. Once healing has taken place, which is usually after a few months, our dentist can place a dental crown, denture, or bridge to cover the implant. Just like that, you will have a brand new smile.
Who Is Not Eligible for Dental Implants?
Theoretically, almost anyone can get tooth implants. However, not every procedure will be successful. So, you might need to meet with our dentist to find out if you are eligible for the treatment.
These are the things that our dentist will be looking for:
- Bone Health
This is one of the major issues that might disqualify you from undergoing the procedure. Since implants are placed in the jawbone, you will need healthy bones. So, if you have unhealthy bones, you will not qualify for the treatment.
Age is not necessarily a determining factor, but it can exclude some people. Kids and teenagers aren’t really recommended to undergo the procedure.
What’s more, you will not qualify for the treatment if you:
- Smoke tobacco
- Have an uncontrolled disease such as heart disease or diabetes
- Have unhealthy gums
- Cannot commit to several months of treatment
If you wish to find out more, we are here for you. Just contact us at Toothworks, and we would love to help you.