Which cosmetic dental procedure is right for you?
Dr. Bentz has successfully completed transformative restorative and cosmetic procedures countless times. This has resulted in patients achieving the carefree smile they’ve always dreamed of. But there are three cosmetic dentistry procedures that are the most popular and sought after. Let’s take a look at them and how they can transform your smile.
Missing a tooth? Try a dental implant.
It’s often said that your smile is your first impression, and that includes your teeth. This makes losing your pearly whites not only painful but also disheartening. Luckily, not all is lost for the 178 million Americans missing at least one tooth. Dr. Bentz and his team have both the technology and tools to replace your missing tooth and restore your oral health using dental implants.
An implant consists of a titanium root and porcelain crown. The first step is to implant the artificial root into the jaw, a process known as osseointegration, then attach the crown on top of it. Once the surrounding tissue of the implant heals, the new “tooth” becomes a permanent or removable crown fixture in your mouth.
The ideal candidates for this cosmetic dentistry procedure are non-smokers with good oral hygiene. It’s also important that you have a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, as well as healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.
If you don’t have enough bone tissue, don’t qualify for implants due to bone loss, or want a more affordable dental implant, then the All-on-4® treatment procedure may just be the right fit for you. With this treatment option, Dr. Bentz will use four dental implants to ensure a full-arch dental restoration, cutting procedure time to a single day and greatly reducing recovery time, as well as the need for extensive postoperative care.
Do you have crooked teeth or a gummy smile? Gum contouring can fix that.
Let’s take a step back from teeth and look at the foundation: the gums. Just like your house, your teeth need a firm, appealing foundation to give you that perfect smile, which is why gum contouring couldn’t be absent from our list of most popular cosmetic dentistry options in our Philadelphia office.
If you have a “gummy” smile, you may notice your teeth look shorter, or if you have crooked teeth, you may notice you have an uneven gumline such that your teeth are different heights. Gum contouring can change all of that.
A dentist near you can remove the excess gum tissue and reshape the contours of your gums to lengthen the crowns of your teeth, leaving you with a natural-looking gumline.
What’s more? Gum contouring is a quick and comfortable procedure. Your dentist can use a local anesthetic (or your preferred sedation option) to numb the area. During the surgery, Dr. Bentz will apply painless techniques to quicken the recovery process and ensure little to no postoperative pain or bleeding.
Like most cosmetic dentistry procedures, the ideal candidate needs to be in good oral health, which is why Dr. Bentz will first perform a complete oral assessment and customize your treatment based on his findings.
Discoloration dimming your smile? Teeth whitening to the rescue!
Why is it that, when it comes to teeth, almost all is forgiven if they’re white? You may have noticeable gaps in your smile, but if your crowns are white, that’s what most people will see.
So it’s not surprising that 37 million Americans have used tooth whiteners in 2020 alone. Smokers aren’t ready to kick the habit. Coffee lovers wouldn’t dream of starting the day any other way. And is it even a party without a glass of champagne? We all have something we don’t want to give up, and thanks to some innovative bleaching techniques, our teeth won’t have to pay for our bad habits.
Patients with discolored teeth will first have plaque, tartar, and debris removed from the dental surface to restore their natural appearance. Afterward, Dr. Bentz will use a bleaching agent, like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, to break the stain into smaller pieces, which can brighten the teeth by up to 14 shades.
If you prefer to do the procedure at home, Dr. Bentz can provide you with a custom-fitted whitening tray.
Consult with the Bentz Dental team to learn more.
Tooth loss, gummy smiles, crooked teeth, and discoloration are all problems you don’t have to live with because of innovative advancements in cosmetic dentistry techniques.
If you live in the East Norriton area of Philadelphia, Dr. Bentz can help improve the way your teeth look to not only restore function but also make you feel more confident about your smile.