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RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY ARE NOT THE SAME THING – HERE’S WHY

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RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY ARE NOT THE SAME THING – HERE’S WHY

If you want to restore your smile in Crestview Hills, you may be wondering if you need restorative dentistry treatment or cosmetic treatment. What’s the difference, and are they the same thing? Find out now in this blog from Vivid Dentistry!

RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY FIXES STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS WITH YOUR TEETH

As the name implies, restorative dentistry is focused on restoring structural problems with your teeth, using treatments like dental fillings to restore decayed teeth, root canals and dental crowns to repair infected teeth, and dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges to replace missing teeth.

While there is an emphasis on a natural, beautiful smile, restorative treatments typically stop once you have achieved a fully-functioning set of teeth, with less of an emphasis on a “picture-perfect” appearance.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY ENHANCES THE APPEARANCE OF HEALTHY TEETH

In contrast to restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry is more concerned with perfecting your smile, and improving already-healthy teeth. It is not usually done if you have issues like cavities or infected teeth. Your smile must already be healthy to get cosmetic care.

Using treatments like porcelain veneers, dental bonding, and even Invisalign, cosmetic dentists will improve your smile even further, resulting in a gorgeous, natural appearance.

WHERE THEY OVERLAP – COMPREHENSIVE SMILE MAKEOVERS AT VIVID DENTISTRY

At Vivid Dentistry, Dr. Annie Enzweiler provides both restorative and cosmetic dentistry in Crestview Hills, and there are a number of different treatments that we offer that can help with both restoring your oral health and improving your smile.

With a comprehensive smile makeover at our office, you’ll benefit from both restorative and cosmetic dental treatments, including:

  • Dental crowns – Dental crowns are a restorative treatment used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay, infections, and oral trauma. But they also can be used for cosmetic purposes, and tooth-colored, porcelain crowns are indistinguishable from natural teeth once they’ve been applied to the damaged tooth.
  • Dental implants – A missing tooth is more than just an oral health issue. It’s a cosmetic issue, too, and you may feel self-conscious about your smile if you’re missing one or more teeth. Dental implants are a great choice.
  • This long-lasting restorative procedure uses a metal implant and a porcelain crown, mimicking the natural structure of your tooth. With a natural appearance and 30+ year lifespan, implants are the best way to restore missing teeth.
  • Composite bonding – Composite bonding uses dental resin to reshape and restore your teeth. It can be used for cosmetic purposes, and to restore minor chips and damage to your teeth.
  • Onlays & inlays – Inlays and onlays are similar to fillings, but are usually made of porcelain, and restore a larger portion of your tooth. Unlike fillings, they also require 2+ appointments at our office. However, they are more durable and long-lasting, and offer superior cosmetic results.
  • Veneers – Veneers are often used alongside restorative dentistry to completely transform your smile and your bite. These wafer-thin, porcelain restorations can cover up flaws in the fronts of your teeth, allowing you to smile with confidence once again.

FIND THE RIGHT “FIT” FOR YOU – CONSULT WITH DR. ANNIE ENZWEILER TODAY!

Every patient is different, so if you need a smile makeover including both restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments, don’t wait! Contact Vivid Dentistry online or give us a call at (859) 414-6554 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Annie Enzweiler right away, and get a customized treatment plan that will restore your oral health and your smile!


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