What is the difference between cosmetic restorative and preventative dentistry

When you visit iSmile Dental Clinic, we place a tremendous emphasis on preventative dentistry. These are dental procedures that help you to maintain good oral health, for example, your regular dental examinations, hygiene appointments and x-rays. When we can examine your mouth regularly, it’s far easier to detect and treat any small problems, preventing them from worsening while x-rays show us areas hidden from view. Your teeth are cleaned professionally during your hygiene appointments which is an excellent treatment that helps to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

If we do detect any problems during your dental exams, restorative dentistry restores strength, structure and function to teeth. For example, you might need a new filling or a dental crown that covers a tooth entirely. The crown is often necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has received root canal therapy. Other restorative treatments include dentures and dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your smile, but it is necessary to have a healthy mouth before receiving any cosmetic dental treatment. Possible treatments include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and cosmetic dental bonding. Some treatments, for example, porcelain crowns and white fillings can have a restorative and cosmetic effect on dental health.