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Pain-Free Cosmetic Dentistry

August 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — compassdentalga @ 1:25 pm
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No one wants to feel like their flawed teeth are the most noticeable thing about them. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry offers solutions that can address stained, chipped, or crooked teeth! If you’re like many who have anxiety about dental visits, however, you may worry treatments could hurt. Don’t let your fear hold you back from achieving the smile of your dreams! Keep reading to learn more about pain-free cosmetic dentistry.

Are There Cosmetic Dental Treatments That Are Painless?

Yes! In fact, most cosmetic options available can restore your smile without causing unwanted discomfort, including:

  • Teeth whitening. Your dentist has access to tools and materials to professionally whiten your teeth without causing any aches. You can also purchase over-the-counter whitening products, but be careful how much you use. Unlike the high-quality whitening agents from your dentist, frequent exposure to high levels of bleaching agents at home can lead to tooth sensitivity.  
  • Direct bonding. Using a tooth-colored resin, your dentist can fill in gaps, chips, or cover stains without needing anesthetic.
  • Veneers. Keep in mind that when your dentist prepares your teeth for these durable shells, they must remove some of the natural enamel. A local numbing agent can be used so you’ll feel pressure, but not pain.

Which Cosmetic Dental Treatments Are More Intense?

There are some remedies that might require anesthesia, sedation, or a brief period of recovery and are considered somewhat more intense. Though your dentist will ensure you’re comfortable for the procedure itself, you might experience soreness afterwards for a few days while you heal. Some examples are:

  • Removing enamel. To have dental crowns or veneers placed, for example, your dentist must gently whittle down the natural enamel of your teeth. This removes any decayed areas and also ensures everything will fit well.  Though your dentist will be as gentle as possible, you might experience some discomfort after the fact.
  • Dental implants. These consist of a rod and tooth-like cap that is inserted into the space left behind by missing teeth. It will take a bit of time for your jawbone to fuse to the implant just like it does the root of your tooth. Once it does, you’ll have a replacement that looks and feels natural!

Your Dentist Wants You To Be Comfortable

If you already know you are particularly concerned about discomfort during your dental appointments, then you can let your dentist know in advance. You certainly won’t be the first! They will want to work with you to ensure that you’re as comfortable as possible during your visit. For example, if you already have sensitive teeth or find it hard to sit still for long periods of time, they might suggest dental sedation so you stay relaxed throughout any work being done.

Don’t let fear hold you back. There are several ways to perfect your smile that don’t cause any pain and will leave you with the perfect pearly whites you’ve been wishing for!

About the Author

Dr. Fana has been serving patients at Compass Dental for over two decades. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his dental degree from the University of Louisville. He has also completed the curriculum at the L.D. Pankey Institute, and can offer expertise in porcelain restorations, dental implants, and TMJ therapy. If you’d like to learn about how cosmetic dentistry can perfect your teeth, feel free to contact the office on the website or by calling (912) 352-3955.

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