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Cosmetic Dentistry in Rochester, MN

Gentling Dental Care provides cosmetic bonding, smile makeovers, and dental implants in Rochester, MN

What is cosmetic dentistry and how can it improve my smile?
A cosmetic dentist works with your front teeth, recreating a natural looking smile with natural looking teeth. Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of possibilities. It can be simple as a chipped tooth where we just smooth or shape, or you could have a missing tooth structure that needs rebuilding with filling material or cosmetic bonding. Another scenario could be the need for a full dental crown or a porcelain veneer, a lab process that is made by dental lab technician. Also today’s cosmetic dentistry includes dental implants, which are very common and popular with successful results. Dentures or partial dentures are part of cosmetic dentistry too, since anything that enhances the smile is considered to be cosmetic dentistry.

What is dental cosmetic bonding?

Dental bonding is the direct method of using filling material to replace any part of your tooth that has chipped, broken down or is missing. Dental bonding is a little bit less expensive way to fill in the missing tooth structure, but it may not last as long as a veneer. A dental veneer is a lab-created porcelain method to replace the tooth structure. But with cosmetic bonding, our Rochester, MN dentists use filling material that is tooth colored and color matched to your surrounding teeth. We fill in the missing tooth structure and make it contoured-shaped to function in place of the missing tooth structure.

What are dental veneers?
Dental veneers are indirect methods of replacing tooth structures or to close gaps, spaces, and broken teeth by using a very thin dental porcelain. Dental veneers today can be very, very thin. The best outcome depends on the laboratory that your dentist uses.

What should I look for in a cosmetic dentist?
Ask the cosmetic dentist about their experience level and what types of procedures they have done. You should also ask what type of photography they do, if they even use photography. You’ll definitely want a cosmetic dentist who is very familiar with photography. Photography is a huge part of communicating with the laboratory technician. With any procedure that requires a laboratory technician, you want to have photography as a huge part of the process in communicating your desired outcome. Don’t be afraid to ask your Rochester cosmetic dentist where they learned their expertise beyond dental school. Not every dental school teaches all levels or specialties of cosmetic dentistry. If you want to achieve great results, you’ll want to go to someone who has taken these courses and curriculum, such as Pankey, Dawson, Spear or Kois.

You’ll also want to inquire about the quality of the laboratory technicians. The laboratory technicians are the ones that are going to be fabricating your dental veneers, dental crowns, dental implants or dentures; therefore, the technician’s skill level is a crucial factor that should not be overlooked. So looking into both the dentist and the laboratory technicians will help you decide which cosmetic dentist in Rochester, MN to choose.

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