Prerequisite Procedures Needed Before Cosmetic Procedures

Casey Ledford23 February 2023

At CDG, we understand how much a dental issue can impact your everyday life. You may be nervous to show your smile or avoid eating foods you used to enjoy eating. Nobody should have to hide their smile while getting their picture taken or laughing at a party – let us help you change your life starting with one of the dental procedures we’ve listed below!

It is extremely common to have to see your dentist and undergo a prerequisite procedure prior to a cosmetic procedure you may want or need. These procedures are usually considered minor to the procedure you will come across after. Most of these minor procedures are to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy enough to follow through with the cosmetic procedure you have in mind. 

Many people find that visiting the dentist is an uncomfortable but bearable experience. Others may experience some anxiety at the mere thought of visiting the dentist, which drives them to put off or avoid receiving dental care. However, this practice can create a vicious cycle that results in oral discomfort, health issues, increased anxiety, and more involved and expensive dental operations. 

Over the years, dental care has undergone a full transformation. Dentists are considerably more aware of and prepared to assist individuals who experience dental anxiety – so there is no need to be worried! Additionally, dental operations and care are constantly updated. Staff members are educated to deal with anxious patients, and waiting rooms are frequently well designed and cozy. 

It is possible for patients to experience absolutely no pain during dental procedures. Before receiving injections, the gum area can be numbed with numbing gels, and the injections themselves have been designed to be as painless as possible – so don’t let dental anxiety stop you from receiving the smile of your dreams!

Root Canals

Nearly 15 million root canals are performed annually in the U.S., making it a common surgery with a high prevalence. Additionally, the success rate of the surgery is 95%, meaning that the majority of teeth saved by root canal therapy can last a lifetime. 

During a root canal procedure, soft tissues inside a tooth are removed. When a tooth is sick or injured to the point where the pulp chamber’s contents are exposed to everything in the mouth, like bacteria, the procedure is typically performed.

The operation often begins with the dentist drilling a hole into the injured tooth while using anesthesia. The pulp chamber’s contents are then removed using files of various lengths. The dentist next applies a sealant to the hole. A dental crown is utilized to offer more stability, and the tooth is sealed up with a rubber substance.

If a root canal is necessary, especially on a tooth that will receive a dental veneer, it is best to have it completed before the veneer is applied. Root canals frequently cause a tooth to discolor. On occasion, the dental materials used to the root can even change color.

Very thin dental veneers are used. They are also more translucent than before, giving them a more natural appearance. The veneer may be seen if you have a tooth that discolors unexpectedly or as a result of a root canal.

Teeth Cleanings

Deep dental cleanings, as the name suggests, provide your teeth a thorough cleaning by using specialized methods to remove plaque, tartar, and bacteria that have built up below the gum line and all the way down to your tooth roots. The gum-protected surfaces of your teeth are covered in hard tartar deposits, which are a favorite hiding place for the germs that cause gum disease. Toxins are released by the bacteria as they develop and multiply, irritating your gums.

To stop gum disease from worsening and leading to tooth loss, deep dental cleaning eliminates bacteria from beneath the gum line and close to the roots. Additionally, your dentist will flatten (or smooth) the surfaces of your tooth roots to make it more difficult for germs to subsequently “attach” to them. To eliminate bacteria that are difficult to reach, an antibiotic gel may occasionally be put to the teeth during cleaning; in other cases, oral antibiotics or a specialized antibiotic mouthwash may be recommended. Deep dental cleaning employs local anesthetics to numb your gums because it goes below the gum line. If your gums are particularly sensitive or you’re concerned, sedation may be utilized to make you calm and comfortable.

You will most likely need a teeth cleaning before you get your teeth professionally whitened. Tooth cleaning before whitening or bleaching helps to remove tartar from the teeth to make the whitening more effective.

Gum Grafting

Another procedure you may need before cosmetic dental surgery is a gum graft. The condition of gum recession, in which the gums pull away from the teeth and reveal the roots below, is treated by it. Your risk of dental decay, sensitivity, and bone loss surrounding teeth increases if your teeth’s roots are exposed. Gum grafting restores the tissue that has deteriorated around your teeth, enhancing your general oral health.

A periodontist typically performs gum grafting surgery (a gum specialist). In the United States, a periodontist completes a four-year dentistry school followed by an additional three years of specialized study.

When replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant after gum recession as a result of tooth loss, grafting is necessary to keep the implant in place. By stimulating the tissue, implants help preserve the health of the jawbone and gums, but they must be inserted into already healthy tissue. Patients might benefit from the therapeutic and cosmetic effects of dental implants thanks to gum grafting.

Cavity Fillings

Do you have a cavity? You’re not alone! According to research, more than 90% of American people have experienced a dental cavity at some point.

This proves that getting a cavity is not always a sign of neglecting your oral health. Just as reassuring? The answer to fixing a cavity is extremely easy to figure out.

Filling the cavity is the typical course of action for an ordinary dental cavity. This entails using a filling material made of composite resin, amalgam, ionomers, gold, or ceramics to replace the decayed tooth material.

Although it may seem difficult, obtaining a filling is a simple and low-risk operation. If you are nervous about getting a cavity filled, your dentist can administer a local anesthetic. Local anesthesia is used for simpler procedures like a cavity filling, which requires a shorter time to complete and is generally less complicated.

Deep Scaling

Although maintaining good oral hygiene requires routine dental cleanings, did you realize there are several levels of cleaning? Sometimes a dental hygienist’s routine cleaning is minimal. You will require a deep dental cleaning to heal your gums if bacteria gets under your gum line.

Scaling and root planing, another name for dental deep cleaning, uses specialized methods to remove bacteria, tartar, and plaque from your tooth roots down to the gum line. This stops gum disease from spreading and taking away teeth. In general, preventative maintenance is the major objective of routine cleanings, while the main objective of deep cleanings is to halt the advancement of gum disease. 


A tooth could require extraction as a result of trauma, severe decay, illness, or crowding. It might also be necessary to extract infected teeth that are resistant to root canal therapy or teeth that have lost enough bone to support them as a result of periodontal disease. Wisdom teeth occasionally need to be removed because of difficulties like being impacted or if they have the potential to be problematic.

Extracting a decaying or crowded tooth is important to do before other dental surgeries to ensure your mouth stays healthy and doesn’t get infected.

Let CDG Help You

CDG wants to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We can help you find an Implant and Cosmetic dentist in your area that participates in the CDG program, allowing you to get financial assistance towards your procedure. *We do not provide free or fully subsidized dental procedures.*