Cosmetic Dentistry In 2015?

cosmetic dentistry in 2015In a recent article written by Chris Salierno, DDS on Dental Economics, he asks the question “What does it mean to be a cosmetic dentist in 2015?” He feels that some dentists think that the idea of cosmetic dentistry is over. But what is cosmetic dentistry in 2015 like?

Chris explains that we are experiencing a decrease in dental service by adults and that cosmetic dentistry has become a victim of this trend. But there are dentists who have adapted to the changes in the environment and kept their practices running successfully. It takes becoming an active business owner who thinks strategically. Some dentists have incorporated implants, sleep apnea and pediatric dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry to their practices to keep them running smoothly.

Read the full article from Chris to find out how you can incorporate cosmetic dentistry into your practice here: What does it mean to be a cosmetic dentist in 2015?

The Most Popular Tooth Replacement Option

tooth replacement optionMany people deal with tooth loss and struggle with their look as it can be a source of embarrassment and anxiety. In a study from Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, researchers found the most popular tooth replacement option.

According to the study, dental implants were the most popular tooth replacement option.  Followed by dentures as the second. This study is helpful in driving the decision making process of dental professionals when determining what’s best for patients.

Read more about this study here: The Most Popular Tooth Replacement Option – Miami Dental Sedation Spa.

Evolution Of Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry is a way to make your smile as good as new.  But just like everything in medicine, it has come a long way from when it first began.  Here are some ways that cosmetic dentistry has changed over the years.

When dentists first started filling cavities, it was with gold foil.  Next came metal fillings.  Now dentists can fill your cavity with composite fillings.  These are a mix of plastic and glass and are tooth colored for a more natural appearance.

Another dental issue is missing teeth. Dentures have long been a way for people to hide their missing teeth. Bridges are another option which hide the missing tooth by suspending a crown attached to caps on the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. While these two options are still used, a more popular solution is the dental implant.  These are posts that are screwed into the jawbone and gums to replace a missing tooth root.  Then the part that looks just like a regular tooth is screwed in on top. Dental implants have the same cosmetic benefits of bridges but they also support the jawbone so it doesn’t deteriorate, which can sometimes be a problem with bridges and dentures.

Changes In Cosmetic Dentistry Over the Years|The Dental Geek

Full Arch Implant Dentures

full arch implant denturesIf you have missing teeth you may be overwhelmed with the many options available for fixing them. It used to be that the only option for someone who had lost their teeth was removable dentures.  But now, implants are available as a permanent tooth replacement option.  But they are expensive and don’t work for everyone. One exciting option that is now available is full arch implant dentures.  This is a process that attaches false teeth directly to the gums via implants. They are very natural looking and comfortable.

Read more about full arch implant dentures in this article from Your Dental Health Resource!

Top Cosmetic Dental Procedures

cosmetic dental proceduresCosmetic dentistry is popular among many people these days.  A great smile gives a great first impression to others as well as boosting your own self esteem. Cosmetic dental procedures offer a way to reshape your smile and give you the best smile you can have.  According to the Dental Health Site, these are the top 10 cosmetic dental procedures.

Teeth whitening or bleaching – This can be done from home or at the dentists office.  It is used to eliminate tooth stains and discoloration.

Dental implants – This procedure is a better alternative to dentures, because it gives you the kind of teeth that look and feel more natural.  The teeth are planted directly in the bones.

See more here: Cosmetic Dental Procedures – Top 10 Cosmetic Dental Procedures.