Are you looking for a cosmetic dentist in Leawood, KS?
Then you are in the right place.
The appearance of our teeth is not only important for our self-esteem, in some cases, it also has a direct effect on our oral health. At Dental Expressions, Dr. Bhoot uses her years of dental experience to create a solution that puts the patient’s oral health at the center of her decision making. She uses established techniques that are affordable for her patients.
Read on to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry services available at our practice located in Leawood, KS.
What is the difference between cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry?
General dentistry is dentistry that focuses on preventing and treating oral diseases. Cosmetic dentistry is focused on the appearance of your teeth and their overall aesthetic. You will find dentists that specialize in both. And that’s because even though they are two distinct forms of dentistry, they do have some overlap. A good dentist is familiar with both.
Let’s look at the following scenario as an example. In this example, a patient loses a tooth via an injury. Despite all their hard work, the dentist just couldn’t save it and had to extract it. Once it was removed, the dentist worked with the patient on a solution for an implant to replace the lost tooth. This is a situation where a dentist needs to be trained in both to best serve their patient.
While cosmetic dentistry does focus quite a bit on appearance, it does serve a function in a person’s overall oral health. This scenario above is a perfect example of this. While replacing a missing tooth has a lot to do with how a person feels about their smile, it also has a profound effect on their overall health. Things like missing teeth have an impact on one’s ability to chew food or speak clearly. Cosmetic dentistry helps correct issues with one’s teeth that affect things other than one’s smile.
Cosmetic dentistry services at Dental Expressions
Dr. Bhoot offers these valuable cosmetic dentistry services to her patients:
- Teeth whitening services– over time, our teeth can change colors. A multitude of things can cause these changes, including drinks (like coffee or wine) or even aging. Dental Expressions offers whitening treatments that can be done at home or in our office.
- Inlays and onlays– inlays and onlays can be used in place of fillings in some patients. Originally made of gold, inlays and onlays are now made of tooth-colored porcelain. When applied correctly, they can strengthen a tooth and last for up to 30 years. Inlays and onlays are also used when replacing older, silver-colored amalgam fillings (which are no longer considered safe or effective). The old filling is removed and replaced with an inlay/onlay.
- Crowns– there are times when a tooth has sustained so much damage that only a crown can continue to support the tooth further. Traditional crowns are completed in two office visits: one to create the mold of your tooth for your crown, and the other to place it on the tooth. Dr. Bhoot is proud to also offer her patients the option of CEREC crowns, which can be completed in one office visit! CEREC crowns allow the dentist to use computer-assisted technology to map and create your crown in the office that same day. This saves you a follow-up visit. Both offer you natural-looking options that can last anywhere from 10-20 years.
- Tooth bonding– in this procedure, Dr. Bhoot will apply a tooth-colored resin composite to one or more teeth. This is done to fix cracks, discoloration, and other forms of damage. This option is very cost-effective and looks very natural when completed. Some patients choose this option over a crown or veneers. The life span of bonding is 3-10 years.
- Bridges– a bridge is a form of a denture. They can either be fixed or removable. A bridge is usually used to replace one missing tooth by anchoring a replacement onto the sides of the adjoining teeth. Bridges are cost-effective and help a patient continue to talk and chew normally.
- Dentures– partial dentures and full dentures are replacements for multiple teeth at one time. Partial dentures are used when there are three or more teeth that need replacing. The patient pops the denture in and out, similar to a retainer. Full dentures are a complete set of false teeth. This is the option patients take when they already have multiple missing teeth or multiple teeth with damage. All teeth in the mouth are removed, and a complete set of removable false teeth are created.Book An Appointment Today