Beautiful teeth thanks to aesthetic dentistry

Everyone wants to have beautiful teeth. This can be achieved with better implants, veneers and gum corrections. Aesthetic dentistry is booming. But what exactly is behind it?

A pleasing smile with beautiful, even teeth is a decisive criterion for whether someone is perceived as attractive or whether they are successful in their career. The treatment spectrum of esthetic dentists is correspondingly diverse.

“Aesthetic dentistry, however, has little to do with merely superficial beautification of teeth, such as bleaching,” explains Dr. Christopher Köttgen, who runs a practice in Mainz together with his wife Dr. Ina Köttgen and Dr. Florian Deckers that offers all facets of modern dentistry at the highest level. “As a specialist in esthetics and function, you tend to be confronted with very complex treatments, which is why one of our practice focuses is on total restorations,” says Dr. Christopher Köttgen

The palette ranges from functional diagnostics of the temporomandibular joint, the perfect placement of implants – especially in the frontal area – for the aesthetic, natural restoration of the former tooth, to perfect veneers and all-ceramic crowns – all the possibilities of modern dentistry are used for a beautiful smile.

Beautiful teeth with implants

Implantology, in particular, is the largest growth area within dentistry. The artificial tooth roots serve as a base for individual teeth or as anchors for bridges. Satisfaction with the method is considerable. According to a study by the Society for Implantology, over 90 percent of the patients surveyed would recommend the operation to others and would also undergo it again themselves.

“Reconstruction of the jawbone is another innovation in the field of implantology,” emphasizes the aesthetic dentist. “If a tooth is missing, the underlying bone quickly recedes due to the lack of force application, and newly inserted teeth therefore no longer find support. Or it may have already been lost before the tooth is removed due to inflammatory processes such as periodontitis. Tissue engineering can be used to remedy this situation,” says Dr. Christopher Köttgen.

Wafer thin veneers

Finally, veneers of the highest quality are another important area of aesthetic dentistry. They are mainly used when the smile is disfigured by slight misalignments, gaps between teeth, broken corners or severe discoloration. The wafer-thin shells are made to fit precisely and bonded to the tooth. The durability is outstandingly good with normal use, just like with your own teeth.

“Today, we have solutions to offer in principle for every dental problem within aesthetic medicine, no matter how complex it may be,” says the Mainz dental expert happily And adds: “With every dental aesthetic treatment, the preservation of the teeth should be in the foreground, because the lifespan of a heavily treated tooth is always shorter than that of a healthy one. If there is a lack of detailed planning, failure can be pre-programmed.”

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