Today’s article highlights how general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are different.
General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will identify the best way to restore the tooth involved.
Cosmetic dentists provide elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.
Some dentists, like myself, serve you with both general and cosmetic dentistry procedures. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to eliminate decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.
As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, my friendly team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures.
We treat area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many people were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly patients might have crowns that are older than our hygienists.)
Experienced dental professionals who offer pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.
If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the Detroit area, I invite you to visit Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. To schedule an oral examination or smile redesign consultation, call 248-541-8770.
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