Aesthetic dentistry is a very broad section in dentistry where the most common treatment would be crowning, bridge and veneers. The main purpose would be to enhance an individual outer appearance as well as to build up one’s self esteem. Not only that, when one possesses a beautiful smile, that individual will naturally tend to have more self-confidence.
A crown or also known as a cap is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. Some people with small teeth may consider using crown as well. Crowns can be all metal, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), or all ceramic. Metals include gold alloy, other alloys (palladium) or a base-metal alloy (nickel or chromium). The all-metal or PFM crowns are stronger and are better choices for back teeth than ceramic crowns. PFM and all-ceramic crowns are the same color as your natural teeth. They look just like normal teeth.
Bridges are the use of crowns for restoration, except they are in units of two or more to complete the case. The most common being three unit bridge where the tooth on each side of the space you are replacing are used to support the false tooth you are adding. These multiple units can be very helpful with spaces bordered by teeth that have larger restorations already in them.
Video – Dental Bridge
Veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the front parts of teeth. If most of the tooth remains, veneers can improve the look of the tooth without cutting it down enough to place a crown. Cosmetic problems that can be corrected with veneers include:- Teeth that are slightly crooked or stained
– Chipped teeth
– Gaps between teeth
– Teeth that are different lengths