Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ

Cosmetic dentistry encompasses a wide range of procedures, including those that are simply meant to make patients’ smiles look their best and brightest to those that replace missing teeth. Let’s take a closer look at some commonly asked questions we hear from our patients when they visit our central Ohio dental clinic:

1. What is Cosmetic Dentistry Used For?

Many people are unhappy with their smiles for one reason or another. Cosmetic dentistry helps patients regain self-esteem through several means, including:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Dental implants
  • Composite bonding

Cosmetic dentists’ goals are focused on improving the form and function of their patients’ teeth. Procedures can fix chipped, broken, cracked, misaligned, missing, or discolored teeth, helping to restore patients’ confidence.

2. Does Cosmetic Dentistry Hurt?

While each individual patient’s situation is different, cosmetic dentistry is generally quite painless. For most people, overcoming the fear of getting into their dentist’s chair is the worst part of the journey. If you have extreme anxiety, talk to your dentist about the possible use of sedatives to help calm you during your procedure. In some cases, your dentist may use Novocaine or other numbing treatment to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The effects of most of these items wear off shortly after the dentist is finished with your teeth.

3. Does Insurance Pay for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question because dental insurance plans vary greatly from person to person. If the procedure is solely for cosmetic reasons, many insurance companies will not pay; however, if your dentist deems your procedure medically necessary, a lot of dental insurance companies will pay a portion—or even the entirety—of the cost.

Medically necessary procedures are different from elective procedures because the restoration is necessary for your health and well-being. The following are some circumstances that would likely be deemed medically necessary and may be covered (partially or in full) by your dental insurance provider:

  • Crowns or veneers to restore teeth with significant decay
  • Gum-contouring that’s needed as a result of periodontal disease or infection in the gums
  • Cosmetic dentistry needed to fix broken or damaged teeth resulting from an accident
  • Replacement of missing teeth, such as dental implants and bridges

A procedure is considered elective if its sole purpose is to enhance the aesthetics of your smile.


Fishinger Dental is proud to serve the Hilliard, OH area with a full range of oral health solutions. We invite you to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry options, as well as our many other services!

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