What makes a cosmetic dentist in Alpharetta different from every other dentist in Alpharetta? If you have ever wondered this, you are not alone. Many of our patients who are confused about the differences between the cosmetic side of dentistry and the non-cosmetic, or functional, side of dentistry. This is probably because, cosmetic dentists perform many procedures that could very well be considered important to the mouths function.
The traditional idea of cosmetic dentistry is that cosmetic dentists are focused on the aesthetic elements of dentistry, meaning we are heavily engaged in improving the look of your mouth, teeth, and gums. The misconception is that we are typically not focused on the functioning elements of the teeth. This may have been true in the past but with the advances in medical science and the expectation of patients to have functional and beautiful teeth, the lines have been blurred between these two complimentary disciplines. Today a cosmetic dentist will perform gingivectomies for patients suffering from gingivitis, or place a cap for a lost or broken tooth. In fact, there are even specialty cosmetic dentist that have branched out and are recognized as specialists in their field, namely prosthodontists and orthodontists.
The work we do as a cosmetic dentist in Alpharetta serves to improve or restore the function of your teeth and appearance. It is true that we want you to leave with a brighter, whiter, and straighter smile than when you came in but shouldn’t that be true for every dentist? The difference is that some of the most vital things we do as a cosmetic dentist in Alpharetta are still classified as cosmetic. Take, for example, the dental crown. A dental crown is a small piece of ceramic or porcelain that has been molded into a perfect cap for your tooth. In the event that your tooth is damaged through impact or diseases, we can restore the damaged tooth with this dental crown. The dental crown not only completes your smile, hence the aesthetic portion of our work, but also gives you back the full range of activities with that tooth. You can eat anything and will have little difficulty enunciating words. Can you even imagine a world where this device did not exist? Despite being labelled a cosmetic device, the dental crown does a great deal to restore full function to a person’s mouth and hence is the perfect example of crossover between cosmetic and functional dentistry.
Another example is people who suffer from malocclusion, or crooked teeth. While the condition itself is not directly a threat to the mouth, there are underlying conditions that can arise from teeth that are badly aligned. Think about how difficult it is to brush your teeth, and get into all of the small spaces, with normal teeth. People with malocclusion have an even more difficult time, which leads to an incomplete brushing. When a tooth isn’t completely brushed, the spots missed will start to gather bacteria, and this can eventually lead to plaque build-up, cavities and even gingivitis. Cosmetic dentistry can resolve this by straightening your teeth. As a cosmetic dentist in Alpharetta, we can address this and other issues while ensuring that both the form and function of your teeth are perfect.