8.What is cosmetic dentistry?

What is cosmetic dentistry?

The term “aesthetic dental prosthetics” has become very popular today, however, there are still many questions surrounding this issue that many people do not know.  Let’s find out through this article! 

Aesthetic dental restorations bring a more confident smile

 Cosmetic dentistry is a small branch of Dentistry – Jaw – Face, including methods of making artificial teeth to replace lost teeth or restore damaged teeth.  Cosmetic dentistry also has the task of dealing with problems related to the structure of the entire jawbone and teeth.

 The ultimate goal of cosmetic dental restorations is to restore chewing function in cases of missing teeth, spaced teeth or poor bite.  Besides, restorations also ensure the aesthetics of the teeth, ensuring a strong and beautiful teeth after completing the treatment.

 Through this article, cosmetic prosthetic doctor Phan Hoang Hai shares useful information to help you learn about cosmetic dental restoration services.

Who should do cosmetic dental restorations?

Cosmetic dental restorations help to correct defects on teeth

The outstanding advantage of cosmetic dental restorations is that it can overcome oral defects, restore chewing function, and bring a confident smile to customers.

 Dr. Phan Hoang Hai – cosmetic dental prosthetic specialist recommends the following cases where cosmetic tooth restoration methods should be applied:

  •  In case the jaw is missing one or all teeth (early treatment will bring better results).
  •  In case the tooth is impacted, it causes chipped, broken, … a part of the tooth.
  •  In case of teeth with diseases that affect chewing function and aesthetics such as: lack of cosmetic dental restorations to help overcome defects on teeth 
  •  tooth enamel, enamel wear, yellow teeth, tooth decay, pulpitis, …
  •  In case of teeth with cosmetic defects, wide teeth, unevenly crooked teeth, protruding or slightly underbite, …
  •  In addition, those who want to own a beautiful and shiny teeth can register for a consultation to choose the appropriate cosmetic dental restoration method.

Cosmetic dentistry methods

 To come up with a suitable treatment regimen for each case, Dr. Phan Hoang Hai will examine and analyze each method used to restore cosmetic teeth.

 Currently, cosmetic dental restoration technology is using two main methods: 

2.1 Removable Prosthetics

 A method of using partial removable dentures to replace missing teeth.  Detachable models are often created with materials such as hard plastic or flexible plastic.

 Removable prosthetics with dentures are only suitable for customers who have lost teeth, chipped teeth or physical defects cannot be applied.

 The method of using dentures does not cause any invasiveness in the teeth, so the customer will not feel pain during the procedure.  This is also the reason why dentures are popular with the elderly.

 When performing this method, cosmetic dental prosthetists will make precise and detailed impressions of the jaw before proceeding.

 2.2 Fixed Prosthetics 

Fixed restorations bring optimal results

In contrast to the removable prosthetic method, the fixed prosthesis is the technique of directly fixing the denture on the upper frame of the jaw, or using the adjacent tooth as a pillar to make a bridge to attach the replacement tooth. After finishing, the new teeth will be completely fixed and customers will not be able to arbitrarily remove them.

This is also the most popular method today because of its special advantage is the ability to replace like real teeth, fit the root of the tooth and hug the gums.

Fixed dental restorations have the ability to restore up to 90% of the chewing functions of real teeth. They have an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years, if cared for properly can be kept forever.

Fixed dental restorations are suitable for all cases including missing teeth, damaged teeth, chipped or defective teeth.

This method uses a variety of techniques to restore depending on the condition of the tooth.


 As a method of fixed tooth restoration, suitable for cases where it is necessary to cover defects on teeth to improve aesthetics.

 Veneers are considered as a highly safe restoration method, limiting the invasion of natural tooth tissue.  Dentists when performing this method will use dental tools to grind the surface of the teeth on the outside of a layer between 0.1 and 0.5mm, then fix the porcelain veneers to cover the defects on the teeth.  .

 With this thickness, it absolutely does not affect the sensitive tissue around the teeth or enamel, limiting discomfort or pain during treatment.

 Dental crowns (crowns)

Aesthetic restoration by the method of dental crowns (crowns)

 Similar to Veneers, the method of fixed restorations with crowns also covers the above defects in teeth.

 Although the same purpose is to increase the aesthetics of the teeth, the technique of making crowns is somewhat different from that of veneers.  The dentist will grind about 0.6 to 2.5mm of the entire tooth surface with defects and then cover the outside with a new layer of more complete teeth.

 After treatment, the teeth will be as beautiful as natural teeth.  However, during the process of making crowns, customers will feel a bit sensitive during tooth grinding.

 Dental bridge

 A method of using strong teeth around the missing tooth to make a permanent post for dentures, or bridge.

 To make a bridge, the doctor will wear down the part of the tooth that has been selected as a pillar, then take an impression to create a false tooth attached to the bridge.  The denture will be placed in the position of the missing tooth, and fixed with a bridge that has been firmly attached to the tooth as a pillar.

 This method is suitable for cases of tooth loss, often used in combination with dental Implants if all teeth are lost.

 This method also only affects the surface of the teeth, but the invasive part is quite deep compared to veneer, so it will cause a bit of sensitivity during the grinding process.


Implant is the most optimal cosmetic restoration method

This is the most modern and optimal cosmetic restoration method, marking a new step in the field of dentistry.  Implant posts are implanted directly into the jaw similar to the root of the tooth, then the crown is placed on top of the post to complete the tooth.

 The most optimal point of the dental implant method is that they have a structure similar to a real tooth, with a fixed root and a tooth above the jaw.  It is very difficult for outsiders to detect which is the implanted denture.

 In particular, this method does not cause damage to the surrounding teeth, ensuring maximum oral health.  In addition, Implant is also the optimal method to improve chewing function and aesthetics to the highest degree.

 During the implant procedure, dentists will perform many invasive measures to fix the implant post into the jaw frame, so this process can be painful for the customer.  However, when performing minor surgery, the doctors inject a sufficient amount of anesthetic, so you only feel pain during the injection and feel achy for 1 to 2 days after the end of the minor surgery. 

Are cosmetic dental restorations expensive?

Cosmetic dental restorations have a cost suitable for all subjects, the whole price depends on the condition and needs of the customer.

 Usually, the cost difference mainly depends on factors such as: the method of implementation (the price of the Implant will be higher than that of the denture), the material (all-ceramic or a combination of metal), the number of teeth to be restored.  ,…

 Where is a good place to do cosmetic restorations?

 You can go to a hospital or a dental office to make cosmetic restorations, but to ensure that the treatment process goes smoothly and safely, and to limit the costs, you should choose the best locations.  only safe, ensure the following criteria:

  • About the team of dentists

 Should choose a dentist with a team of dentists with many years of experience, skills and expertise;  proven through actual treatment cases, with good results.

  • About facilities

 Reputable facilities invest in modern facilities to ensure that the treatment of dental diseases is carried out in the most effective way.

  • Sterile conditions

 Aseptic conditions are an extremely important factor in the dental industry, this helps limit the spread of infectious diseases, ensuring health safety for dental diseases.

  • Treatment protocol and policy of care, examination and treatment after treatment

Treatment protocols and policies on post-treatment care and treatment help customers track their recovery, control costs before and after treatment.

To know the current oral health status or suitable cosmetic restoration methods, you can leave a question, cosmetic prosthetist Phan Hoang Hai will advise you on the problems you are having.  Right.

Hope the above article helps you know more useful knowledge in oral health care and cosmetic restoration. 

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