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Aesthetic Dentistry

Aesthetic dentistry or Cosmetic dentistry is a branch of dentistry which improves the appearance of teeth, gums and the bite, shortly, creating the harmony of the smile. It mainly focuses on improving the aesthetics of the teeth and gums in colour, position, shape, size, alignment and overall design of the smile.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ON RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

WHAT IS DENTAL CARIES?

Dental caries define a hard tissue loss occurring due to insufficient cleaning of the tooth surface after ingesting nutrients causing tooth decay (sugar and carbohydrates). When bacteria of dental caries are not removed from the surface of teeth, they break down sugars converting them into acids. It is the acid that damages the hard tissues of the tooth causing tooth decay.

WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES IF MY DENTAL CARIES IS NOT TREATED?

If a dental caries is not treated, it leads to a total decay of the tooth. Untreated dental caries will progress to involve the living tissues of the tooth, which are the dentine and the tooth pulp (nerve), causing pain with increasing severity. It will also involve the roots of the tooth, as well, leading to inflammation in the tooth, jaw bone, and adjacent tissues due to a developing dental abscess. If it is further left untreated, it will cause the loss of the tooth. Inflammation of teeth can cause systemic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, severe hepatic or renal dysfunction or rheumatoid arthritis.

WHAT IS A COMPOSITE FILLING?

Being frequently preferred in recent years, composite fillings refer to the use of polymerized material in the colour of the tooth for performing composite restorations in both front teeth and the teeth at the back of the mouth.

HOW IS RESTORATION PERFORMED IN THE PRESENCE OF EXCESSIVE LOSS OF TOOTH STRUCTURE?

If loss of tooth structure occurred due to excessively progressed dental caries, root canal treatment will be performed followed by cavity preparation. After performing the required measurements of the respective area of intervention, fillings are prepared under laboratory conditions and placed accordingly in the second session of the treatment. These fillings are in the colour of the tooth. They are made outside of the mouth and are called inlay or onlay restorations.

HOW WILL WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE DEVELOPED DENTAL CARIES?

Sensitivity in the teeth in response to contact with cold or sugar-containing foods or the emergence of foul mouth odour indicates dental caries. The appearance of grey-brownish spots on the tooth may also indicate tooth decay.

WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREVENT DENTAL CARIES?
  1. Always brush your teeth and gums twice a day, especially once before going to bed.
  2. Use the right toothbrush and correct brushing technique.
  3. Brush your teeth after ingestion of sugar-containing foods or foods sticking onto teeth.
  4. Use dental floss to prevent interfacial caries.
  5. Children should take fluoride tablets as recommended by a dentist and have dental sealants (tooth polishing) applied on their teeth every 10 years.
  6. Use mouth rinses.
  7. Visit your dentist regularly every 6 months.
SHOULD AMALGAM FILLINGS (SILVER FILLINGS) BE REPLACED BY COMPOSITE (WHITE) ONES?

Yes. They should be replaced by composite fillings both for aesthetic purposes and for better health. Use of amalgam fillings was prohibited years ago by the World Health Organization because they contain mercury, which poses negative health effects.

WHAT ARE THE AESTHETIC RESTORATIONS APPLIED TO FRONT TEETH?

COMPOSITE VENEERS

Currently, they refer to the restorations of teeth performed in a single treatment session by means of light curing of a dental filling material in the natural colour of the tooth. It is an aesthetic treatment method usually applied to front teeth. Following the abrasion of only the front surfaces of respective teeth, measurements are taken. Then, dental porcelain laminates made in laboratory conditions are placed accordingly in the second treatment session. As the teeth will not be cut thoroughly or their size is not reduced with this method, teeth are damaged less. It is a kind of dental restoration technique, applied quite frequently in recent years.

METAL-FREE PORCELAIN CROWNS

They are porcelain crowns or abutments without metal casts in their infrastructure. They have an appearance and translucency similar to natural teeth. Zirconium and Emax porcelain types of material are also used. Emax and Zirconium are more expensive compared to conventional porcelain restorations.

PORCELAIN-FUSED-TO-METAL DENTAL CROWNS

They are the crowns or abutments with an aesthetic porcelain structure buttressed by a precious or non-precious metal cast. They are used in patients with missing front teeth, in whom implanting cannot be performed for various reasons.

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