This appendix offers you a quick study of the major cosmetic dentistry techniques presented in this book. Take a few minutes to read about the solutions suggested for your particular problem so you can understand better the procedures your dentist is offering you. The more knowledge you obtain prior to your consultation, the better able you’ll be to ask specific questions and the best decision for your smile.
Bonding with composite resin was introduced approximately 50 years ago. The tooth enamel is gently etched to enhance adhesion before a dentist applies color-matched resin compound over a stained, crooked, short, chipped, decayed, or broken tooth. A special light is then used to harden and bond it to the tooth underneath. The composite resin is then contoured and polished to look like natural enamel.
HOW DOES BONDING WORK?
Natural – looking, strong and stain resistant, wafer-thin porcelain veneers can be used on just one or multiple teeth to improve the appearance of a crooked, discolored, worn or chipped smile. To create perfect fit and adhesion, your dentist most likely will need to reduce the thickness of the teeth, then chemically etch the enamel before placing the veneers. The beauty of porcelain is that it resists staining and can even strengthen the tooth when bonded correctly.
HOW IS A PORCELAIN VENEER PLACED?
A full crown is a 360 – degree replacement of the tooth enamel as well as some dentin. Also called caps, crowns can be used to make a crooked smile appear straighter or to repair broken or damaged teeth. A crown also can be placed on an implant to replace a missing tooth. Crowns often ar use side – by – side with veneers in a full-mouth restorative treatment.
HOW IS A CROWN PLACED?
A bridge is a replacement of a missing tooth or teeth. A fixed bridge is cemented in place, whereas a removable bridge can be taken out for cleaning. A bridge can be retained by adjacent teeth or implants. Although most fixed bridges have a metal substructure, all -ceramic bridges are now possible thanks to advances in ceramic materials. Once the bridge is constructed, your dentist will try it in so you can evaluate its fit, color, and size and make sure your bite is correct. Any necessary modifications can be made at this time, then reglazing or polishing is performed, and the bridge is cemented in place.
HOW A CONVENTIONAL FIXED BRIDGE WORKS
HOW A RESIN-BONDED BRIDGE IS ATTACHED
Image Courtesy: Illustrations have been taken from the book ‘ Change Your Smile’ ( Ronald E. Goldstein, DDS )