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

Pain Free Fillings!

pain free fillingsIf you are anything like me, when your dentist tells you that you have a cavity that needs a filling you probably want to run for the door. But scientists have developed a new method of pain free fillings!  It allows cavities to be repaired without the drilling or injections.

This scientific technology called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation (EAER) was developed at King’s College in London. It encourages the teeth to repair themselves by accelerating the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.  This technology should be available within three years. Tooth decay is normally removed by drilling the decay from the tooth and replacing it with material such as amalgam or composite resin.

This sounds like my kind of dental filling!  Read more about it here: No More Fillings As Dentists Reveal New Tooth Decay Treatment|The Guardian.

New Materials For Dental Fillings

With constant changing technology in the word today, the field of dentistry is reaping the benefits with some new advancements in dental fillings.  Recently, dental fillings are mostly made up of mercury or plastic.  These types of materials raise concerns among people as they could be toxic for the human body.

dental fillingsSome scientists from Canada and China have developed an resilient material using human bile acids.  Hopefully, these materials can be used to fill cavities.

What exactly is the process of turning human bile acids into this sturdy material?  Read more about it here: Bile Acids used for Dental Fillings.