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Types of Cosmetic Dentistry – Part 1

If you’re like most people, a lifetime of too much caffeine and sugar has changed the color of your teeth. The good news is these kinds of cosmetic issues can be rectified by cosmetic dentistry. A beautiful and healthy set of teeth can give us confidence and enhance our self-worth, which is why dentists perform cosmetic dental procedures.

Dr. Sulken and Dr. Kinn have the skills and experience required to conduct cosmetic procedures that can help deliver the smile you’ve always wanted. In the following three blogs, we’ll discuss a number of available options, the situations where they are most appropriate, and what they involve.


Crowns cover the entire surface of a tooth, boosting the tooth’s appearance, stability, and shape. They can be constructed from one of the several different types of materials, and there are many reasons why someone may necessitate one. Here are a few:

▪ Reconstructing a chipped tooth
▪ Topping a dental implant
▪ Protecting a fragile tooth from tooth decay
▪ Safeguarding a cracked tooth

So, how is a crown installed? First, Dr. Sulken or Dr. Kinn will take an X-ray of a tooth they think is at risk for decay or disease. They then will prepare the tooth in order to better fit the crown. Next, an impression of the tooth (which will act as a model for the crown) will be created and shipped to a dental lab, where the permanent crown will be made. The patient will then receive an impermanent crown to wear until the permanent one gets back from the lab.

Using proper attention and care, a crown can last for many years.


Historic evidence shows that dental implants date back to 600 AD. It is been discovered that ancient Mayans implanted false teeth by driving tooth-shaped seashells into the jaw. Thankfully, science has progressed greatly since then, and contemporary dental implants, made from titanium, are implanted using modern techniques. These titanium implants fuse to the bone through a process known as osseointegration. Bone-loss normally occurs in the case of a missing tooth, but the dental implant prevents this from happening.

Dental implants are an optimal fix for a patient who’s missing one or more teeth. The process needs some time to finish, as the implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and require some time to heal before a crown is placed over top. Once finished, the implant/crown combo flawlessly mirrors the function and appearance of a natural tooth.

This series on cosmetic dentistry will return in the next blog post, so look for it. In the meantime, you can schedule your next appointment with Dr. Sulken or Dr. Kinn by clicking here, and be sure to follow us on social media.

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