Cosmetic dentistry is becoming an increasingly popular option for people who are looking to enhance the appearance of their teeth as well as improve their overall oral health.
However, there are a number of cosmetic dental treatments available which can lead to some confusion on what they aim to achieve and what the difference between some are.
We take a quick look at the difference between fillings and dental implants, the benefits and how they are placed within your mouth.
Fillings are used to repair cavities damaged by decay where dental amalgam fillings with a metallic silvery grey looked are used in the back teeth. Tooth-coloured fillings are used for the front teeth, made from a mixture of resin and glass.
This filling is often referred to as white filling as it blends in with the tooth making it appear invisible, improving the appearance of the teeth by being close to the same tone of your natural teeth.
A dental implant is an artificial root for a false tooth to be inserted into if the root is damaged. They are designed to fuse with the jawbone so once they are in place, they stay in place.
No other work is needed on other teeth in order to go ahead with this unlike, bridges or dentures.
For these procedures to have a long-lasting effect and not need a replacement for a long time depends on you practising correct oral health. Read more benefits.
Just as you would for your regular teeth so while these procedures can heal the damage done, the same mistakes need to be avoided to ensure your oral health.