Your smile is one of the first things others notice about you. But if your teeth are discolored, misaligned, or missing, you may be reluctant to smile. If you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, a cosmetic dentist may be able to help you.
- Dental Implants
If you have one or several missing teeth due to an injury, periodontal disease, or sporting accident, a dental implant can give you a natural-looking and -feeling replacement. A dental implant comprises an artificial root implanted into your jaw at the site of a missing tooth. Then, a replacement cap or crown is made to cover the implant. Dental implants are a reliable restoration that will allow you to eat and speak more comfortably. In addition, dental implants keep surrounding teeth properly aligned, unlike bridges or dentures. Dental implants also help prevent bone loss at the site of a missing tooth.
- Dental Crowns
Cracked, damaged, or decayed teeth can be preserved with the use of dental crowns. Your cosmetic dentist will first take molded impressions of your teeth. Next, a temporary crown will be placed on your tooth while the permanent crown is made. Finally, the permanent dental crown will be cemented in place. Dental crowns are custom-made to function like your natural teeth. Crowns are often used after a root canal to protect a compromised tooth from further decay.
- Dental Inlays and On-lays
Dental inlays and on-lays are conservative treatments to repair teeth with large defective fillings, decay, or trauma. Made of gold, tooth-colored porcelain, or a composite material, dental inlays and on-lays are custom-made fillings. Inlays are typically used as fillings between cusps, whereas on-lays are used to cover one or more cusps. Dental inlays and on-lays can strengthen the tooth by up to 75%.
Dr. Kellner from The Smile Design Center of Baltimore is a general and cosmetic dentist experienced in dental implants, crowns, inlays, and on-lays. If you are interested in these procedures, contact us at (443) 275-9821.