In the last decade, adoption of new technologies such as 3-D imaging, improved public awareness through social media and improved access to dentists has fueled a lot of change in the dental practice. Dentists have been able to meet the demand by patients for convenient and efficient dental experiences by providing more options for dental procedures.
Top dental procedures of 2016 include the following:
With age, teeth darken. Smoking, regular uptake of coffee or water with a lot of fluorides and taking drugs with tetracycline may also cause teeth discoloration. Teeth whitening or bleaching eliminates discoloration, tooth stains, and restores teeth to their original color enhancing the appearance of one’s smile. In has become a very popular cosmetic dental procedure in 2016. Dentists offer two affordable options to teeth whitening. The first is doing it at home under the dentist’s supervision using prescribed products available at some retail stores and the second is where the dentist first whitens your teeth and then provides a home solution to continue the therapy for the best results.
This is a very popular cosmetic dental procedure. Veneers are employed when teeth whitening does not yield the desired results or to repair gaps, chips and cracks in teeth. Veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are adhesively bonded to a tooth’s surface to change its shape, magnify its size or to improve its aesthetics.
Composite white fillings
White fillings have replaced the traditional silver fillings. This is because they blend better with the teeth color making it almost impossible to tell if there is a filling thus giving a more natural look and a brighter smile. They are used to repair tooth cavities.
Inlays and Onlays
Indirect fillings also known as inlays and outlays are special types of composite fillings, which provide a cosmetic way to fix structural damage to teeth especially that, caused by cavities. Unlike dental fillings, which are molded in the mouth by the dentist, indirect fillings are first made in the dental laboratory then fitted and adhesively bonded into place.
Contouring or tooth reshaping
This dental procedure is used to align or correct a crooked, overlapping or cracked tooth. The position, shape or length of the problem tooth is adjusted during this painless procedure.
A healthy mouth and smile depend on a full set of teeth but sometimes, teeth are lost or removed. Dental implants are the leading choice for teeth replacement. They are artificial frames or roots surgically placed into the jawbone to hold false teeth. Generally, a titanium screw in the jawbone is used to hold a false tooth, which is then topped with a crown.
Gingivectomy and cosmetic gum surgery
Age and periodontal disease are the leading causes of gum recession, which results in unnaturally long teeth. This can be remedied by cosmetic gum surgery whereby, gingival grafts surgically removed from other areas of the mouth are added to rebuild the gum and halt the recession. Gingivectomy, on the other hand, corrects the increased visible gum that covers up most of the teeth. The excess gum tissue or gingiva is surgically removed eliminating the resulting deep pockets.
This involves performing a combination of cosmetic dental procedures such as dental implants, teeth whitening, contouring and porcelain veneers to several teeth to improve smile aesthetics.
Besides regular dental checkups and procedures, dentists recommend proper dental care such as maintaining dental hygiene to maintain good dental health. In 2016, increased education and patient demand for more options to improve their dental health has led to improvement in dental care practices. Dental care has gone beyond dental therapy, which only focuses on diagnosing and treating oral disease, to address other areas that affect the whole person such as cosmetic dentistry, oral cancer, periodontal health and facial esthetics.