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Difference Between Advanced Dentistry and General Dentistry

Examining mouthAdvanced dentistry deals with problems like teeth stains or discoloration and crooked, chipped, cracked, or missing tooth where as general dentistry deals with simple and necessary tooth treatments. In fact many people think that the two are just the same. They both deal with teeth, but they are very different.

For your routine dental checkups and professional cleanings, as a part of preventative dentistry and for a good dental care you go to a general dentist. But for your advanced or cosmetic dentistry treatments like when you want to enhance the appearance of your smile, you go to a cosmetic dentist providing advanced dentistry treatments like smile design, tooth coloured fillings, invisible braces etc. to improve the aesthetic look of your teeth.

05A major difference between advanced dentistry and general dentistry is the technology used. Cosmetic dentists in India use advanced, state-of-the-art technology to skillfully craft tooth restorations. Both a general dentist and a cosmetic dentist can replace missing teeth with a dental crown. They can both match the crown to your natural teeth in color, shape, and size but a cosmetic dentist will do the work more competently as compared to a general dentist.

cosmetic-dentistry1General Dentistry usually deals with the prevention and treatment of oral problems and diseases.  It consists of treatments that are needed to relieve the patient from pains or discomfort caused by a tooth. These include;

  • regular cleaning
  • treating cavities
  • root canals
  • fillings
  • Tooth whitening
  • Gingivitis treatments
  • Tooth removal
  • Dentistry crowns

Advanced dentistry is a field of dental treatment that requires advanced training, beyond the courses of general field of dentistry. When you smile, the first thing to be seen and noticed by other people is your teeth. Your perfect set of teeth affects the way you look and it also has a great impact on your self-confidence. To get that great smile you need to go to a cosmetic dentist. Cosmetic dentistry treatments include;

  • veneers,  dental implants
  • dental bonding, dental fillings
  • dental bridges
  • tooth shaping  and dentures.
  • dental crowns, dental caps
  • cosmetic gum surgery

General dentistry treatments cannot be avoided, they are necessary as the patient might be in pain or discomfort but cosmetic dentistry treatments are not really necessary as the teeth will still function even if you do not get these treatments done. These are usually done to improve your teeth, your smile, or your overall appearance.

Cosmetic dentistry also involves restorative dentistry. Fillings are a common procedure used to restore teeth that have become decayed, which a general dentist also does. But in cosmetic dentistry, patients are able to select the fillings that closely match the color of their natural teeth.

With advances in dental procedures and technology, nobody will even know that you have fillings in your mouth. Advanced dentistry allows people who have old fillings to replace them with newer tooth colored fillings to improve the appearance of their smile.

Thus, general oral diseases are treated by general dental practitioners and cosmetic dentistry is handled by cosmetic dental specialist. General dentistry is also known as traditional dentistry, it targets the oral hygiene and prevents oral diseases, tooth decay etc by diagnosis and dental oral treatment. And advanced dentistry aims to improve the appearance of the teeth, mouth and smile.

Introduction to Aesthetic Dentistry

cosmetic-dentistry1Cosmetic dentistry or aesthetic dentistry generally refers to any dental work that improves the appearance (not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Aesthetic dentistry has made it possible for anyone to have a smile that is no less than that of a celebrity.

A cosmetic dentist in Mumbai like Dr. Mukul helps to give you the smile that you dream of. If you have crooked teeth, deformed ones, or are just missing a couple of them, a visit to one of these professionals is the best thing to do.

There are two types of cosmetic dentistry – orthodontics and prosthodontics. An orthodontist corrects the existing problems with the structure of the jaw or teeth by using braces etc. Whereas, a prosthodontist actually replaces the missing teeth or repairs the damaged ones. If you need an implant, a partial, a crown or even a set of dentures you will need to visit a prosthodontist.

cosmetic-dentistryAesthetic dentistry involves:

  • Smile Makeovers -This involves a cosmetic, facial rejuvenation or a dental procedure to improve the look of your smile.
  • Teeth Whitening -Bleaching is used to enhance your smile by brightening your existing natural teeth.  Teeth that are discolored, stained, or have been darkened because of injury or drinking habits can be brightened up.
  • Invis align – It is an innovative system to align teeth discreetly, along with inconspicuous aligners instead of metal braces. Clear, custom-made aligners, which are thin, clear and removable, are used to correct uneven teeth. It gives you a dazzling and flawless smile.
  • Dental Implants – Teeth that look, feel and function just like your own, it is impossible to tell a tooth implant from a real tooth. Implants are an excellent alternative to traditional bridges and dentures. These are used to replace a single tooth,several teeth or all of your teeth. Dental implants are a better solution to the problem of missing teeth.
  • Crowns – These are synthetic caps, generally made up of a material such as porcelain. It is placed on the top of a tooth to restore the appearance and function of teeth after a curative treatment like root canal.
  • Dental Bondings – This can rectify crooked teeth, broken teeth, fill the gap between teeth, modify the shape of teeth, cover metal fillings, lengthen shorter teeth and wipe out discoloration due to age, smoking or genetics.
  • Onlays/Inlays – This offers a simple way to shield and restore a large section of damaged decayed and heavily restored teeth. Unlike crowns, these cosmetic dental devices cover only a portion of teeth and involve far less tooth preparation. Inlays are indirect fillings applied in back teeth. Large inlays which cover the cusps are called onlays.
  • Porcelain veneer – It is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded onto the front surface of a tooth so to improve its cosmetic appearance. Compared to dental bonding porcelain veneers look more lifelike.
  • Gum Contouring – It is a surgical process and is carried out in order to correct ‘gummy smiles’.

So, whatever dental procedure one may opt for to get that perfect smile, good oral hygiene and a good diet is very important for maintaining the teeth in good shape. The permanence of most aesthetic dentistry procedures depends on the patient’s level of oral hygiene.