in Savannah, GA
We all have some issues with our teeth that we don’t like. Maybe there’s a small chip here, a slight gap there. They could be a little dingy from one too many cups of coffee. While your teeth are healthy and in good condition, they have some cosmetic flaws.
That’s when you need to see Dr. Tosto for some cosmetic attention to your smile. With these treatments, Dr. Tosto improves the overall beauty of your smile.
What is cosmetic dentistry, and how is it different from general dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is concerned with the aesthetic appearance of your teeth and overall smile. Cosmetic treatments may seek to whiten stained teeth or use composite resin bonding to mask a chipped tooth. Goals can overlap with general dentistry. For instance, a porcelain crown can save a tooth with heavy decay, but the crowned tooth is now perfect cosmetically.
Dr. Tosto uses cosmetic dentistry to improve patients’ tooth shape, whiteness, alignment, and overall appearance. And you know what improves right along with those issues? Their confidence in their perfect, engaging smile.
What kinds of cosmetic problems can be corrected with cosmetic dentistry?
Short of dramatically moving teeth (which would require orthodontics), we can address most other issues. Remember, these are not problems with the health of the teeth and gums, simply with their appearance.
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Whitening stained teeth
- Straightening poorly aligned teeth
- Fixing chipped teeth
- Covering badly pitted teeth
- Changing the shape of misshapen teeth
- Reducing gummy smiles
- Lengthening overly short teeth
What treatments are involved with cosmetic dentistry?
These are some of the common cosmetic procedures Dr. Tosto offers:
Ultra-thin porcelain shells are placed over the front sides of the teeth. Veneers can change the color or shape of the teeth. They can correct unevenly spaced, crooked, chipped, oddly shaped, or badly discolored teeth.
Porcelain veneers last between 7 and 20 years, depending upon the care you provide to the natural teeth under them.
Thanks to our diode laser, Dr. Tosto can reduce gummy smiles and adjust the gum line, all without needing sutures and with far less bleeding and minimal discomfort afterward.
Gum contouring changes the shape of the gums permanently.
We offer in-office or at-home whitening that can make your teeth up to eight shades whiter.
Teeth whitening generally lasts one to two years if you continue to eat and drink the items that stain your enamel.
Dr. Tosto replaces those old fillings with tooth-colored composite resin fillings that are basically invisible when placed into your teeth.
Composite resin fillings can last typically from 7-10 years, although the lifespan of new resins continues to increase.
Tooth-colored dental resin is used to close gaps, cover badly stained teeth, or cover chips and cracks in teeth.
Composite bonding on a tooth or teeth lasts about 5-8 years, depending upon your eating and chewing habits.
While crowns are used to anchor bridges and to return strength to a badly decayed or damaged tooth, they can also be purely cosmetic. A crown can cover a misshapen tooth completely, changing the shape and appearance for the long haul.
Crowns can last the rest of your life.
Dental implants are an option to replace missing teeth and provide a fixed solution to removable dentures. Implant treatment provides an option to correct the most troublesome cases associated with missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures.
What Should I Expect at My Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation?
When you first come in for a consultation with Dr. Tosto, the two of you will discuss things you’d like to address with the cosmetic appearance of your teeth. Then he’ll give you an idea of what would be involved. The application of porcelain veneers or a crown take two appointments. Whitening, bonding, and gum contouring each only take a single visit.
Does cosmetic dentistry require anesthesia?
That depends. Shaving down a tooth on all four sides and on top to make room for a crown to be placed over the tooth requires some local anesthesia to keep the patient from feeling anything. Some patients also like a little local anesthesia when Dr. Tosto prepares teeth for the placement of veneers. Other procedures such as bonding and teeth whitening don’t need any anesthesia.
Are there risks involved with cosmetic dentistry?
These procedures have very low, if any risk. Porcelain veneers and composite bonding simply overlay the front side of the teeth involved. Whitening has proven completely safe over decades of procedures. Laser gum contouring is very efficient, vastly reducing pain and the possibility of infection over previous methods. All in all, there is minimal to no risk with these procedures.
Is there recovery time after cosmetic dentistry treatments?
Unlike extracting a tooth or placing a dental implant, cosmetic treatments don’t require any recovery. You can get right back to your normal activities immediately after your appointment.