Cosmetic procedures

Cosmetic procedures

A cosmetic dentist is a highly trained professional who carries out dental work to improve the appearance of a patient’s teeth, gums and smile. The aim is facial enhancement rather than a practical reason although cosmetic dentistry can be used to improve the function of the teeth or gums, for example, straightening misaligned teeth.

Dr Bijlani has undergone several years of training before practicing this speciality and has invested a great deal of time in doing so. She has a high level of skill and expertise in cosmetic dentistry, underpinned by in-depth knowledge of this treatment. She attends training courses, lectures, seminars and workshops in order to keep herself up to date with the latest research and developments in these fields.

Dr Bijlani is supported in her work by an equally dedicated and experienced team who are committed to providing excellent patient care.

A cosmetic dentist performs the following procedures:

A Smile makeover is a combination of procedures to improve your smile. This includes repairing chipped teeth with porcelain veneers, teeth whitening to clean stained teeth, a brace to straighten badly aligned teeth and dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth.

A dental implant is a synthetic version of the root of a tooth. They take the form of a slim titanium rod which is inserted into a socket within the jawbone. This acts as an anchor for a replacement crown or dentures.

Lumineers are an ultra-thin type of veneer which is attached to the front of the teeth. They have an attractive white colour and are a good solution to the problem of stained, chipped or crooked teeth.

Tooth whitening is a popular procedure in which badly stained or discoloured teeth are bleached to improve their appearance. The aim is a clean, white smile.

Gum reshaping is performed to trim an excess of gum tissue which overhangs the teeth, causing embarrassment and a reluctance to smile.

Tooth reshaping is used to correct a chipped, worn or pitted tooth. The dentist uses a variety of tools to reshape the tooth so that it is aligned with the rest.

A commonly used technique in cosmetic dentistry, bonding is where dental putty (similar to paste) is applied to the teeth to correct an imperfection. Examples of these include repairing a chipped tooth, filling in a gap between the teeth, acting as a white filling for a tooth or to cover a stained tooth.

A veneer is a thin, tooth coloured shell, made from porcelain or ceramic which is fixed to the outer surface of a tooth to improve its appearance.

The most popular material for a dental filling is silver amalgam which is prized for its strength and durability. But many people are opting for ‘white fillings’ which match the natural colour of their teeth.

All of these procedures are performed using the latest dental technology, materials and techniques.

Treatment: Dental bridges

Other names: Pontic, Fixed Bridges, Resin Bonded Bridges, Cantilever Bridges

Description

A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that’s used to fill the gap. Unlike traditional removable dentures, a dental bridge is permanent as it’s anchored to the teeth at one, or both, sides using metal bands held in place by resin or cement. If well cared for, a dental bridge should last for 10 to 15 years.

Treatment: Porcelain veneers

Other names: Dental veneers

Description

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.

Treatment: Tooth whitening

Other names:  Dental bleaching

Description

Tooth whitening can be a highly effective, yet very simple way, of lightening the colour of teeth without removing any of the tooth surface. It cannot make a colour change, but lightens the existing colour.

Treatment: Porcelain crowns

Other names: Dental cap

Description

Crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits right over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes also known as ‘caps’. An ‘Anterior Crown’ is a crown fitted to the front eight teeth.

What Kind of Dental Problems Can Veneers Solve?

Worn enamel – over time the hard white enamel covering of the tooth may become worn and discoloured Wear and tear – teeth wear down with age, causing chips, cracks, and unevenness Genetics – some people are born with gaps between the teeth which can widen with age Uneven teeth – caused from tooth grinding and years of wear and tear Tetracycline stains – these dark stains are caused by taking this antibiotic during pregnancy or in early child hood.

Inlays/Onlays
Inlays or onlays refer to indirect fillings which are made of a variety of materials including porcelain, gold, and tooth-coloured composite resin that fit into or onto the affected tooth. Its purpose is to make the tooth stronger by holding it together while retaining a natural, esthetically pleasing colour. They are used in instances when there is deficient tooth structure to support a filling but the tooth is still in a condition that does not require a crown. The advantage that porcelain inlays or onlays have over gold inlays or onlays is its aesthetic value.

CROWNS
Strengthening your teeth and improving their appearance. Dental crowns protect damaged, cracked and worn teeth. A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap constructed from porcelain that is bonded over a tooth, covering it to improve its appearance and to restore its shape, size and strength.

The benefits of dental crowns
Porcelain crowns or dental crowns protect the entire surface from any further decay, damage or erosion. They also improve the aesthetics of your teeth. When teeth need strengthening dental crowns may be the treatment for you.

When a dental crown may be needed
After root canal treatment a dental dental crown may be fitted. If significant decay has damaged the tooth and not enough tooth is left.
Dental crowns are best at protecting teeth. A dental crown is then a great choice to restore the tooth.
Like above if the tooth is badly worn from erosion or grinding then a dental crown may be the only option to preserve and restore the existing tooth.
For cosmetic reasons porcelain crowns can enhance the appearance of you teeth.

How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns require the same level of care and attention as your natural teeth. Providing you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, good diet and attend regular dental check-ups, a high quality dental crown can last 10-15 years or longer.

White Fillings
If your tooth is broken or worn you may require a filling. White fillings (to match tooth colour) are great at restoring teeth and look great too! White fillings are made of resin or porcelain depending on what is needed for your tooth.
You may require a filling if your tooth has a hole ( Cavity ) or decay, it has a crack or the tooth needs restoring.