Many people ask very often if Is cosmetic dentistry different from restorative dentistry. At first glance, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry may seem like the same thing. After all, both fields deal with improving the appearance of teeth. However, there are some key differences between the two that patients should be aware of.
Cosmetic dentistry is all about improving how teeth look. Some cosmetic dentistry procedures are teeth whitening, veneers and reshaping. There are a lot of people who feel self-conscious about their smile and eventually decide to have a cosmetic dentistry procedure to fix their teeth and be able to smile with confidence. In general, cosmetic dentistry procedures are purely done for aesthetic reasons and are not medically necessary.
Restorative dentistry, on the other hand, is used to repair damaged teeth. Restorative dentistry procedures include crowns, bridges, implants, fillings and gum surgery. A difference with cosmetic dentistry is that restorative dentistry is used both for aesthetic and restorative reasons. A dentistry procedure is medically necessary for many people because they have bad or damaged teeth.
Of course, there are many times when patients undergo a cosmetic dentistry operation, and get new, perfect and shiny teeth but cannot y them because their mouth or skin ruins their new smile for them. Therefore, many patients combine a cosmetic or restorative dentistry operation with plastic surgery or Botox at Cyprus Plastic Surgery Clinic to achieve the best look not only of their teeth but of the mouth around them too.
All in all, cosmetic procedures are typically elective and focused on improving the appearance of teeth while restorative procedures are often medically necessary and focused on repairing the damage that has been done to teeth. It is important for patients to talk with their doctors first and listen to their suggestions on which procedure they should go with.