Cosmetic And Restorative Dentistry

What Is The Difference Between Cosmetic And Restorative Dentistry?

Have you ever wondered about the distinction between cosmetic and restorative dentistry? At Whitehills Dental Practice, we’re here to help clarify the differences and guide you through the options that best suit your needs. Give us a call at 1800 546 333 to embark on your dental journey in White Hills.

Traditionally, dentistry focused on preventing decay and restoring teeth when issues arose. However, the rise of cosmetic dentistry has added a new dimension, particularly for those seeking to enhance their smiles. While cosmetic and restorative dentistry share similarities, they are distinct fields.

Cosmetic dentistry is elective, chosen by individuals unsatisfied with their smile’s appearance. Conversely, restorative dentistry revolves around enhancing the function and structure of teeth, alleviating pain, and preventing further issues.

What Cosmetic Dentistry Involves

Cosmetic dentistry aims to enhance the aesthetics of your teeth. Whether it’s addressing crooked, discoloured, broken, or uneven teeth affecting your smile, Whitehills Dental Practice offers a range of cosmetic dentistry options. Schedule an appointment to discuss the right choice based on your desired results, budget, and current oral health.

Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

  1. Teeth Whitening: Removes yellowing, staining, and discoloration to restore teeth to a lighter shade.
  2. Veneers (Porcelain or Composite): Bonded to the front surface of teeth to improve size, shape, or colour.
  3. Tooth Contouring and Reshaping: Changes the shape, length, and surface of teeth to enhance alignment and smile.
  4. Dental Bridges and Crowns: Bridges replace missing teeth, improving smile, chewing ability, and facial structure. Crowns can enhance a single tooth’s appearance.
  5. Orthodontic Braces and Aligners: Repositions uneven or crooked teeth using traditional metal brackets, discrete ceramic braces, or clear plastic aligners.

Common Restorative Dentistry Procedures

Restorative dentistry focuses on improving overall oral health, addressing decay, and repairing damage to teeth and gums.

  1. Fillings: Used to fill areas of the tooth removed due to decay or trauma, commonly made from silver-coloured amalgam or composite resin.
  2. Dental Implants: An alternative for missing teeth, improving chewing ability, facial structure, and preventing teeth from shifting.
  3. Root Canal and Dental Crown: Removes soft pulp inside the tooth, fills and seals the space, with a dental crown often placed to restore shape, size, and strength.
  4. Dental Bridges: Replaces missing teeth by using crowns on natural teeth on either side of the gap, bridged by artificial teeth.
  5. Dentures: Removable or semi-permanent false teeth worn to replace multiple missing teeth.

Ready to start your cosmetic dental journey or due for a check-up? Book an appointment with Whitehills Dental Practice to explore your individual cosmetic and restorative dentistry options. If you’re uncertain about the right treatment or nervous about starting your cosmetic journey, submit a call back form, and our team will contact you to discuss booking your first cosmetic appointment. Experience the difference at Whitehills Dental Practice – your trusted partner for a healthier, more radiant smile in the White Hills area.

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