Restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are two different sub-sections of the world of dentistry. The former refers to those lines of treatment of the teeth, gum and surrounding areas which help in keeping the mouth of the person healthy and in functioning order. The various procedures which come in this bracket include dental implants, dentures, fillings, and crowns. Cosmetic dentistry, on the other hand, is more connected with bettering the facial looks of the patient concerned. Procedures like teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding, contouring, veneers, et al. come within the purview of cosmetic dentistry.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are titanium screws which are drilled into the jawbone of the patient. The jawbone grows around the screw naturally, and this becomes firm in its position in a matter of three to four months. A dental cap or crown is placed atop the screw to function as the tooth which the world sees. Dental implants are permanent and can even last the entire duration of the lifetime of a patient. They provide teeth which are akin to the natural teeth of the person.
What are dentures?
These are very often referred to as false teeth. Dentures need to be removed at night and placed in a jar containing cleansing liquid. There is a bit of danger involved with the use of dentures. They may accidentally slip out of the mouth of the patient if he or she laughs too loudly. Also, they may break or snap if the patient bites into a food item which is very hard or sticky. Dentures are such that they need to be cleaned professionally every once in a while. Also, they need to be changed after every five to seven years since these may become loose or ill-fitting with time.
What is teeth whitening?
This can be done at home as well as in the dental clinic. For at home procedures, one needs a set of whitening trays which are manufactured in the dental laboratory after taking the impressions of the teeth and gums. One can wear these trays over the gums and teeth of the person after smearing them with a whitening gel or lotion. The teeth start to whiten slowly, but surely. However, this process is not a permanent one. Whitened teeth can get re-stained if proper care is not taken of them. Teeth whitening can be done in the dental clinic as well. For this, the teeth first need to be prepped up. A whitening or activating agent is smeared over the teeth. A laser beam of a given intensity is passed over the whitening substance for a given duration of time. With this, the whitening substance sort of gets glued onto the teeth surface, thereby whitening them by several degrees or grades. Also, it is best to remember that this process is not a permanent solution to the issue of teeth staining. One needs to keep several factors in mind for prolonging the use of this treatment.
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