Dental implants can make a smile look fabulous – I know I have them. However, if you are just thinking about getting them, you may have a lot of questions. You may be wondering how smoking affects implants, whether or not wine will stain them, if they can be whitened or other concerns. I also know from experience that it can be intimidating to ask some of these questions to your dentist. In my dental implant blog, I am going to answer the questions that can be hard to ask. I hope you find the info you need in this blog and that it guides you to the right decision about dental implants. Thanks for reading!
From teeth whitening treatment for discoloured or stained teeth to dental bonding for people with unsightly gaps between teeth to dental crowns for restoring chipped or broken teeth, a cosmetic dentist can offer a wide range of treatments to improve the appearance of your smile. This can, in turn, impact your confidence and the way you interact with other people in a positive way.
But are all cosmetic dentists the same so that you can turn to any one of them for a dazzling smile? Although these dentists are trained and licensed to perform a set of different treatments all aimed at improving the patient's dental appearance, they are not all the same. It is, therefore, important that you take some time to research on which type of cosmetic dentist would suit your needs and particular situation.
Below are a few critical aspects to consider when you are looking for a cosmetic dentist to attend to your cosmetic dental issues.
Do you need a general dentist or dental specialist?
Most general dentists can administer treatment for easy-to-fix cosmetic dental issues such as discoloured teeth and gaps between teeth. But when it comes to complex cosmetic restorations like bridges, dentures (partial or complete), veneers, crowns, and abutments for dental implants, it may be best to see a dental specialist like a prosthodontist. Unlike general dentists, prosthodontists complete advanced studies and training so they can provide patients with complex treatments such as custom-fabricated artificial replacements for natural teeth, gums and other parts of the mouth.
Do you have any underlying dental problem?
General dentists provide primary dental care to help people prevent dental problems, but they can also treat problems that may arise down the road. If you have an underlying dental problem that requires the attention of a general dentist but also need cosmetic dental treatment, it may be best to let a general dentist perform the treatment. This way, they can monitor how you are responding to the treatment when you go for regular check-ups. But if your general dentist has given you a clean bill of health, you may get the cosmetic dental treatment you need from a specialist.
It is not uncommon for general dentists to refer patients to cosmetic dentistry specialists when they feel that they can't provide the required treatment. So, feel free to ask your general dentist if they can recommend a good cosmetic dentist to you if need be.