What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is all about making teeth look nice, which can also help improve their function. Some cosmetic dentistry is focused simply on whitening teeth and removing stains, but it can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or misshapen teeth. For example, a child that chipped a tooth during football practice may need cosmetic dentistry to repair the tooth.
What Is Periodontics ?
Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that concerns itself with gum health. If teeth aren't brushed and flossed properly, and sometimes genetics are involved, plaque and tartar can build up and cause gum inflammation. Long-term gum inflammation can lead to receding gums and eventually tooth loss if not properly treated.
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
No matter which member of the family needs to see the dentist, young or old, it all starts with the dental exam. The dentist will first examine the mouth and gum tissue thoroughly. A special probe may be used to check for gum pockets if inflammation is present, which is a sign of gum disease. X-rays of the teeth will be taken, and other advanced images if necessary. After the dental exam, the dentist will discuss with you any issues that were found as well as recommended treatments. A dental cleaning follows, where the dental hygienist gently scrapes away tartar and plaque to keep teeth and gums healthy.