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A cosmetic dentist can drastically improve the way you feel about your appearance. Cosmetic dentistry refers to a dental specialty that focuses on improving the way a person's smile and face looks. Thanks to the treatments used by cosmetic dentistry, it is now possible for anyone to end up with the smile of their dreams irrespective of any oral issues they have had before or are presently dealing with.

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The importance of a great smile

The aesthetics of your smile is one of the most noticeable things about your appearance. It is one of the first things people you interact with notice. A lot of assumptions are often made based on the way a person's smile looks. For example, people with clean-looking, white teeth are often viewed as attractive and successful, while those with disfigured or stained teeth are often viewed as dirty and unattractive.

This reality is clearly reflected in the media. Popular TV personalities and movie heroes always have perfect-looking white teeth, while the villain typically has a rather gnarly set of teeth.

Most people are aware of how the condition of their teeth often leads to judgments being made about their finances and this makes them reluctant to smile when their teeth are not in great condition. It is a burden no one should have to deal with on a regular basis. Smiling does a lot more than convey emotions like happiness, openness or friendliness, it is also good for a person's physical and mental health.

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Cosmetic dentistry treatments that can fix your smile

There are a variety of treatments that a cosmetic dentist can use to improve the way a person's smile looks. The treatments a dentist might recommend vary depending on the unique condition of the patient's teeth. Here are some popular procedures and services that we provide:

1. Dental implants

Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. An implant can be used to replace a single tooth or in tandem with other dental prosthetics like dentures and bridges. The term "implant" refers to a rod or screw—normally made out of titanium—that is placed into the patient's jawbone. It serves as an artificial tooth root. Tooth roots are lost when a tooth falls out, which leads to a breakdown of jawbone tissue. With implants, patients:

  • No longer have to worry about losing bone tissue and the side effects that come with it like wrinkles and a sunken face
  • Get a replacement for lost teeth that looks, feels and works like a real tooth
  • Do not have to worry about any specialized cleaning ritual. Implants require the same type of care real teeth do
  • A long-lasting solution that can last a lifetime with good oral care

  • 2. Dental crowns

    Dental crowns have more uses than any other dental prosthetic. They can be used to protect teeth that have been severely damaged by tooth decay, they are combined with other prosthetics like implants and bridges, and they have many cosmetic purposes. Also known as caps, these devices completely cover the part of a tooth that can be seen above the gums.

    Crowns can be used to:

  • Cover up discolored and stained teeth
  • Anchor down a bridge
  • Improve the appearance of malformed teeth
  • Fix small spaces between teeth

  • 3. Root canal

    A root canal is performed to save a tooth with a compromised pulp chamber. The pulp chamber is the innermost layer of a tooth, and it houses the nerves and soft tissues inside the tooth. It is protected by the dentin and enamel, but both of these can be damaged by tooth decay or trauma. A tooth that needs a root canal will typically change colors as the pulp chamber becomes exposed. This discoloration is not responsive to whitening treatments.

    During a root canal, the dentist will remove the nerve and soft tissue of the tooth and apply medication to fight off any infection. The tooth is sealed up and it is covered up with a crown. With the crown installed, the functional and cosmetic issues affecting the tooth are instantly restored.

    With a root canal, patients get to:

  • Save their natural tooth and avoid an extraction
  • Treat any infection in the tooth
  • Regain the use of the tooth and improve its appearance

  • 4. Emergency dentist

    For some unknown reason, dental emergencies have a way of happening at the worst possible times. That unbearable toothache that comes out of nowhere in the middle of the night, or, even worse, a severe dental injury like a tooth getting knocked out.

    When such issues occur, waiting a few weeks for an appointment slot with a dentist is simply not an option. It closes a huge treatment window and it can be a nightmare for the patient. For example, in many cases, a knocked out tooth can be reattached if the patient gets treatment within a few hours of getting injured.

    That is where an emergency dentist comes in. This is a dentist that provides the care patients need when they need it. There is no need to wait for weeks to see one. Patients simply head to the clinic and get the treatment they need. An emergency dentist will treat whatever issues the person is dealing with, and, if the issue affects the way their teeth look, they can provide cosmetic treatments to address it.

    Issues that an emergency dentist often deals with include:

  • Reinserting/treating knocked out teeth
  • Cracked, broken or severely fractured teeth
  • A tooth infection
  • Cut in the mouth or tongue
  • Objects stuck in the mouth
  • Unbearable toothaches. This can be a sign of a more serious issue like an infection
  • A tooth that needs to be extracted

  • Ready for a perfect smile?

    Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, we can all have the perfect smile we have always dreamed of. At Preferred Dental Center we regularly deal with people who are not happy with the appearance of their smile, and we come up with a list of treatments that will be most effective for their unique circumstances. By the time the treatments are over, their teeth are whiter, straighter and well-aligned.