In this post from Town Dental Group in Mint Hill, we explain the difference between general and cosmetic dentistry.
General dentistry is dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, such as a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will identify the best way to restore it.
Cosmetic dentists perform elective dental procedures that make smiles more attractive. Procedures like teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns transform smiles from ordinary to extraordinary.
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 prevent 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.
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