WHAT IS COSMETIC DENTISTRY?
Nowadays, there are materials on the market that resemble the appearance of the tooth so well that it is sometimes difficult to discern a natural tooth from an artificial one. Many cavities used to be treated with black fillings, i.e. silver amalgam, that stand out from the aesthetic principles of contemporary dentistry. Not so long ago, full acrylic or metal crowns with acrylic shell were the gold standard in dental prosthetics. Modern dentistry, technology and people’s understanding of aesthetics have changed a lot.
Contemporary cosmetic dentistry includes white composite fillings, teeth whitening, veneers, crowns and dental implants.
Dental fillings closely resemble the natural tooth colour, so that expertly made filling is hardly differentiated from the natural tooth, while its mechanical properties are very similar to properties of the natural teeth.
COSMETIC DENTISTRY TREATMENTS
Teeth whitening can be performed either at in the dental office or at home (so called chairside or home bleach). It is performed with peroxide-based materials which, if used properly, are completely safe for dental enamel and dentine. In office whitening is performed with Zoom! whitening lamp, while at home whitening is carried out during sleep by wearing a dental tray infused with bleaching gel.
Veneers can correct aesthetic imperfections of the teeth with minimal intervention in the dental tissue or, if the situation permits, non-prep veneers can be made. Dental veneers can also be used to change the tooth colour and correct morphological defects, such as height and width of the tooth. If considering veneers, it is important to consult a dentist and have a thorough dental examination to find out if you are a good candidate for veneers.
We live in the age of modern dentistry where all dental crowns are highly aesthetic. Aesthetic properties of crowns are due to the materials they are made of. Crowns can be metal ceramic or completely ceramic. Metal ceramic crowns have metal as a base to support ceramic cap that completely covers the metal base. The advantage of this type of crown is its aesthetic feature, high strength and lower price. Metal ceramic crowns can be used to restore any teeth in the oral cavity and can be made as individual crowns or in the form of a bridge for any segment of the jaw.
E.max krunice – umjesto tamnog metala bazu im čini staklo keramika. Danas se smatraju najestetskijim krunicama zbog najsličnijih svojstava loma svjetlosti u usporedbi s prirodnim zubnim strukturama. Indicirane su u prednjem estetskom segmentu usne šupljine, moguće je izraditi i kraće mostove u prednjem segmentu. Odlikuje ih visoka estetika. Izrađuju se prešanjem keramike ili kompjutorski CAD/CAM tehnologijom.
Cercon ceramic crowns are exceptionally aesthetic and strong. The base is made of zirconium oxide, which can be made in a colour that is the most similar to the natural teeth, and the crowns are made with CAD / CAM computer technology. Cercon ceramic crowns are usually intended for front teeth as highly aesthetic substitutes, while shorter bridges can be made for the back, provided all the necessary criteria are met.
Dental implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The purpose of the treatment is to establish chewing, phonetic and aesthetic function of the tooth. The prosthetic replacement (the conjunction between the crown and the implant) can be made of cercon or titanium. Cercon is a highly aesthetic substitute and is normally used for the front teeth. Dental implant can then receive its dental crown with a metal base or zirconium base and thus compensate for aesthetic deficiency in the oral cavity.