The Terminology Of Dental Cosmetics By A Corona Dentist

Cosmetic Dentist/Restorative Dentist

A specialist (prosthodontist), or a general dentist whose practice is dentistry of a specific area where partial dentures, dentures, implants, inlays, onlays, veneers, bridges, and crowns are used to restore a group of teeth, or a single tooth to like-new condition, or replace them.

Prosthodontist

This is a specialist in the field of dentistry, who has completed several years of post-dental school, specialized training curriculum, specifically in the realm of smiles and teeth restoration, as well as the general dentist, four year training.

Exhaustive training in the realm of proper diagnosis, and treatment of more involved cases, which are bigger in scope, must be completed. Those that many times involve complex rehabilitation, such as extended plans of treatment, multiple missing teeth, and abnormalities of function, would fall in that realm, as well.

Typically, most prosthodontists will leave general dental work, such as root canals, the diagnostics and filling of cavities, and routine dental hygiene, to those doctors who practice general dentistry, so they can concentrate the efforts of their practice to only performing restoration procedures.

General Dentist

Indicators that are both designations of this professional discipline are DMD (dental medical doctor) and DDS (doctor of dental surgery), and are both accurate for a person who has successfully finished a four-year, post graduate curriculum of training at a dental school. They have successfully demonstrated, by performing a variety of tasks, that they have a general aptitude in caring for a patients’ oral health, and have also passed an examination of comprehensive general dentistry that is administered by a licensing board of examiners.

Veneers

This is an all-ceramic restoration that is prescribed normally to replace the facing part of the front (anterior) teeth by a cosmetic or restorative dentist, and is a partial-coverage.  When a patient wants to improve their smile aesthetically, by changing the shape and/or length of their teeth, or the overall shade of their teeth, this type of restoration is prescribed.

Veneers preserve as much natural structure of the tooth as possible, on the tongue (lingual) side of the tooth, which is described as a restorative option that is “minimally invasive”. Often compared to a contact lens for  the teeth, a veneer is sheath thin…about 0.3-0.5 mm thick. Consisting of the same all-ceramic material options as those for bridges and crowns, veneers are most often made from lithium-disilicate ceramic, or feldspathic ceramic, that is reinforced with leucite.

Rather than using an all-ceramic restoration, which is fabricated in a dental laboratory, a dentist may occasionally offer a direct restorative option that is sometimes referred to as “chairside”, whereby he will restore the tooth directly, using hybrid composite or simple composite materials.

Onlays/Inlays

Prescribed commonly by a cosmetic or restorative dentist to restore tooth structure areas that are small, this is a single to multiple surface restoration that is only a partial coverage. This is an esthetic, tooth-colored option which is an alternative to yellow gold or amalgam (silver-colored) fillings , and is considered to be “minimally invasive”.

Materials such as zirconia, stabilized by yttrium, several glass-filled (composite) options that are hybrid types, lithium disilicate, feldspathic ceramic that is reinforced with leucite are all material options for onlays/inlays that are tooth-colored. Again, rather than using a laboratory dental technician’s services, the dentist may use a hybrid composite or simple composite material to directly restore the tooth in the mouth, which is often referred to as “chairside”. 

Bridge

It consists of three or more teeth, having at least one that is missing, and is prescribed commonly, by a cosmetic or restorative dentist to replace a missing tooth or teeth as full-coverage restoration. Many times a bridge is necessary because of teeth that move, congenitally missing teeth, teeth that have been extractracted, dental decay that is advanced.

In order to”bridge” the gap of a missing tooth, or to anchor it, at least one tooth on both sides of a missing tooth is specially prepared. Depending on the length and size of the bridge, each kind of restoration material has specific limitations, and they can be constructed with the same materials as are crowns. The guidelines for their respective bridge materials are set by the manufacturers of those materials.

Implants

A restorative alternative to the bridge, that is less invasive and more progressive is an implant or implants. A periodontist, prosthodontist, an oral surgeon, or even a general dentist with additional, advanced training most commonly place these implants. They are set securely into the bone at the juncture of an extracted or missing tooth, essentially by a titanium screw that is specially coated.  A full bridge or crown is then typically screwed or cemented over the top of the implant/implants. 

 

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