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Cosmetic Dentistry is on the Rise. Here’s What You Should Know

People are starting to take better care of their teeth today. They’re going to the dentist more often, paying attention to how their teeth look – both the enamel color and gaps – and they are more open to cosmetic dentistry than in the past.

According to the findings of a new study on the dental implants and prosthetics market, there is an uptick in patients wanting cosmetic dentistry as the aging population increases and as more people are being diagnosed with periodontal diseases. This is expected to grow the market by a CAGR of 8.2 percent and reach $13.32B by 2022.

Are you paying closer attention to your teeth? Here are some points to consider regarding cosmetic dentistry.

Implants & Fillings

Many patients are opting for dental implants to help fill in the gaps created when teeth must be pulled. This isn’t just more visually appealing, but it also prevents other teeth from moving in the mouth or disrupting bite and jaw alignment which can happen over time. The implants are more permanent and connect straight to a patients jawbone and cannot be wiggled around or moved.

In cases where a tooth has only chipped, or decay has been drilled out that must be then filled in, a cosmetic procedure using a tooth colored filling material is bonded to the tooth and cured to create a more natural looking fill. Crowns are also an option when damage occurs. To protect the tooth from further issues, a crown is placed over the tooth that looks as natural as possible alongside your other teeth.

Dentures & Reconstruction

One of the most commonly used cosmetic dentistry procedures is dentures. These custom fabricated teeth are made to fill in gaps where teeth have been removed either partially or fully. Depending on each patients specific needs, a full or partial denture will be created to custom fit their mouth and teeth that is either removable or, using new technology, can even be attached to implants and make these false teeth work just like natural ones.

In more severe cases where both the bottom and top jaw are missing or have decayed teeth, there is also a cosmetic option of full mouth reconstruction. Different techniques are used to help get the mouth back to having a natural, healthy smile that you can bite with.

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Whitening

In-office teeth whitening services are becoming a go-to for anyone wanting to brighten their smile for a big event, or just for pampering. The Zoom Teeth Whitening system uses a special 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel that gets activated with a special UV light to whiten the enamel on teeth.

At Fried Dentistry, our highly trained staff ensures you have the best smile possible. Whether you’re looking to whiten your teeth or want fillings that aren’t so noticeable, our cosmetic dentistry services will keep you smiling.

Contact us today to book an appointment.

Dentures vs. Implants: How to Decide What Is Right for You

Many adults in the United States are missing one or more teeth. People can lose teeth because of decay, gum disease, or accidents. Having missing teeth can make people feel self-conscious and can interfere with their ability to enjoy their favorite foods. Fortunately, there are treatments that can restore a person’s smile. Dentures and implants are two of the most common. Each has pros and cons. Here are some facts to help you decide which is right for you.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Dentures

Dentures are inserted and removed as needed. Partial dentures clip onto the teeth next to the missing teeth, and full dentures are attached to the gums with an adhesive. Dentures need to be removed to be brushed and soaked. They can allow you to enjoy your favorite foods and to smile with confidence.

Dentures can help you have a full smile, but they do have some drawbacks. If partial dentures do not fit correctly, the teeth next to them can develop cavities or an infection and may need to be filled or extracted. Full dentures can irritate the gums if they do not fit correctly. Dentures can become damaged or broken if they are dropped.

Dentures are a good choice for someone who has missing teeth but whose jaws or gums are not healthy enough for implants. Dentures last seven to 15 years and then need to be replaced.

Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

Dental implants look like natural teeth and allow a person to chew normally. Titanium posts are inserted in the jawbone in a surgical procedure, and false teeth are attached to the posts. One implant can hold several teeth, so a full mouth of teeth can be replaced with only a few posts. Dental implants are brushed and flossed like natural teeth.

Dental implants cost more than dentures, but they also last longer – up to 20 years with proper care. Implants make it possible to eat all of the foods that could be eaten with natural teeth. Dental implants preserve the jawbone and maintain the patient’s natural facial structure. A person with an implant will not look older the way a person with dentures might. In order to receive dental implants, a patient needs to have a healthy jaw and gums.

Schedule an Appointment at Fried Dentistry to Discuss Dentures and Implants

If you are missing one or more teeth, you have treatment options that can help you have a full smile and be able to enjoy the foods you love. If you are concerned about missing teeth, schedule an appointment at Fried Dentistry in Wallingford, Connecticut. We can discuss the pros and cons of dentures and implants and help you decide which option is right for you. Contact Fried Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.