Give Yourself A Smile You Love
Are you unhappy with some aspect of your smile? Cosmetic dentistry treatments can improve your appearance and your self-confidence. Your Columbia, MO, dentist, Dr. Michael Ogden, shares information about several popular cosmetic dentistry treatments.
Composite resin fillings
Fillings don't have to be noticeable. When you choose tooth-colored composite resin fillings, your dental work will be completely unnoticeable. Tooth-colored fillings are commonly used to restore front teeth but are also a good choice if you have a cavity in a molar or bicuspid. The fillings can be very helpful in preventing tooth darkening caused by large silver amalgam fillings.
Composite resin isn't just used for fillings, but also offers a simple way to conceal imperfections, lengthen short teeth and restore damaged teeth when the material is bonded to your teeth. Composite resin looks a lot like putty and can be molded into any shape. After it's applied to your teeth, it's hardened with a special curing light.
Crowns and bridges
Has one of your teeth been weakened by a crack or dental procedure? Crowns protect and stabilize teeth, reducing the risk of a fracture. Hollow crowns completely encase teeth and are also used to restore broken teeth, conceal imperfections and lengthen teeth that have become too short due to grinding. Crowns are an important part of dental bridges used to replace missing teeth. One or more artificial teeth are connected to two crowns to form a bridge.
Direct composite veneers
Veneers are applied to the front surfaces of teeth and offer a simple way to hide cracks, chips, gaps, discolorations and other flaws. Dr. Ogden offers direct composite veneers in his Columbia office. The veneers are made of multiple materials, rather than porcelain, which decreases the cost.
Do you have one or more missing teeth? Dental implants can replace those teeth from the root to the crown. Tiny screw-like titanium implants fuse to your jawbone, providing a strong foundation for the crowns you'll use to bite and chew. Although implants may be more expensive than dentures or bridges initially, they're usually less costly in the long-run because they never need to be replaced.
Don't let cosmetic issues ruin your smile! Take advantage of the many benefits of cosmetic dentistry treatments. Call your Columbia, MO, dentist, Dr. Ogden, at (573) 449-7483 to schedule your appointment.