Prospective dental patients can be easily confused with dental jargon. Truth is that nowadays there are many branches of dentistry, some of which do not sound as self-explanatory as others. Then, there are treatments that appear to be preventive, restorative and cosmetic all at the same time. Confused yet?
Cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley is a combination of preventive and restorative treatments with an emphasis on aesthetics. A cosmetic dentist, such as PDC Dental, will ensure that all restorations are colour-matched to the natural colour of a patient’s teeth for a seamless result or alternatively will enhance the colour of all of a patient’s teeth for a complete transformation.
As already suggested by its name, preventive dentistry is all about prevention. This type of dentistry usually includes bi-annual check-ups, cleanings, x-rays as well as diagnostic examinations and/or oral cancer screenings. Preventive dentistry is also performed at home by brushing and flossing. However, only a dentist can clean the teeth and gums thoroughly to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and others oral health issues. Cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley has preventive qualities since it encompasses treatments that help keep the teeth healthy for longer, such as cosmetic braces for teeth straightening.
Restorative dentistry, again as the name suggests, restores the teeth after damage, such as chips, cracks or decay, or tooth loss. Regardless of how careful a patient is, dental disease can creep up and accidents do happen. Popular restorative dental treatments, which can also be considered cosmetic treatments when performed by a cosmetic dentist, include fillings, crowns and dental implants.
Cosmetic dentistry encompasses many treatments found in preventive and restorative dentistry. Contrary to popular belief, cosmetic dentistry in Barnsley is not only about aesthetics, with a full set of straight teeth being easier to clean and providing patients with complete oral function. Other treatments that do focus more on aesthetics can boost self-esteem and so also improve quality of life. These include veneers, teeth whitening and gum contouring.
Choosing the Right Treatment
Patients who are wondering what type of treatment they should undergo, need to book an appointment with an experienced dentist.