Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry
“Cosmetic dentistry” refers to procedures having improvement of appearance as their primary objective. “Aesthetic” would be a better term, because “cosmetic” has the connotation of something superficial, or a cover-up. Prosthodontists know that aesthetics is an important dimension of treatment, even when it is not the primary objective. Aesthetic dentistry is at its best when it also improves the structure and function of teeth. Patients should be very careful about “cosmetic” procedures that require excessive removal of natural tooth structure.
Restorative dentistry refers to everyday dental procedures such as fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns. These procedures do not require complex treatment plans, and they address the everyday dental problems of caries (decay) and periodontal disease. Many of our patients need only this type of treatment. Our two dental hygienists are important in keeping our patients’ gums healthy, and are also expert in helping detect problems at an early stage.