What Is a Dental Facet

What is a dental facet?

The dental facet is a kind of shell made of ceramic, more rarely made of composite, and which only covers the visible part of the tooth.

The dental facet is part of what is called “cosmetic dentistry”.

Indeed, it can modify the hue, the shape or the alignment of the incisors and the canines, these teeth also called “teeth of the smile”.

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In which cases to be posed facets?

The dental facets have various indications:

  • For hue: sometimes the teeth have naturally dark color or color was modified by treatment, tobacco, tea, coffee … When bleaching is not enough, dental veneers are the best solution.
  • Rhetorically visible teeth are naturally sometimes too small, too short or suffered injuries (cracks, breaks …). The dental facets can thus restore a homogeneous shape to the “teeth of the smile”. However, when a single tooth has been traumatized, it may be advisable to have it replaced by a crown.
  • To align: dental veneers can not substitute for orthodontic treatment. They can, nevertheless, help some corrections such as unsightly diastèmes (spacings).

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Advantages of the Dental Facet

The dental facet has undeniable advantages:

  • Aesthetic, a ceramic dental facet offers a transparency and a whiteness incomparable in terms of aesthetics.
  • Unlike the dental crown that requires root devitalization, the dental facet helps keep the tooth alive.
  • The dental facet is resistant to food stains and caries.

Disadvantages of this dental prosthesis

  • A dental facet remains of high cost (between 600 € and 1300 € per unit for a ceramic facet). No  is possible.
  • To achieve a perfect aesthetic, the dental facet must be very fine, resulting in a relatively high impact strength. Its resistance in time can not exceed 10 years (12 years
  • is “condemned” to wear veneers all his life , the initial shape of its teeth have been permanently altered.

Realization of the dental facets

The realization of the dental facets depends on their type:

The ceramic facet

  • The steps of embodiment are the same as for a.
  • The dental surgeon cuts the tooth to be covered, makes an impression and proceeds to the final installation with the aid of a cement.

The composite facet

  • It is rarer than the ceramic dental facet but is possible in some cases.
  • It is then carried out in the office and in a single session.
  • Note that its lifetime can not exceed 4 or 5 years and it does not offer the same aesthetics as a ceramic.


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