Remake your smile with these cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Smile restorations can help to improve your self-confidence and allow you to openly smile in public and laugh out loud with friends, confident in the knowledge that your pearly whites are looking clean and bright.
Stained teeth or crooked, decaying teeth or teeth that appear unhealthy are good candidates for investing in a smile makeover. By improving the look of your smile, smile restorations can provide long-term benefits to you too, both physically and health-wise.
Smile restorations uses one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures to achieve this, such as:
Before a smile restoration or full mouth reconstruction takes place, there are some things to consider. A properly qualified dentist or endodontist will review and assess things like: your skin tone, hair color, facial appearance, gum tissue, lips, and your teeth (including color, length, width, shape, and general healthiness of your teeth).
There are four main issues that smile restorations can help improve. These are explained in detail below.
1. Traumatic Dental Injuries
It’s common for most traumatic dental injuries to occur in children and teenagers, but anyone can experience a traumatic dental injury. Trauma generally happens as the result of things like a sporting accident or car accident. A bad fall can also damage the teeth and mouth area.
What constitutes a traumatic dental injury?
The most common dental injury is chipped or fractured teeth. These can often be repaired by either reattaching the broken piece of tooth or by filling any gaps with a tooth-colored filling. In some cases, an artificial crown may be a more suitable solution. A qualified dentist or endodontist will be able to assess and recommend the correct treatment.
Other traumatic dental injuries can include dislodged teeth, knocked-out teeth, root fractures, and root resorption.
Regardless of the injury, time is always of the essence. Get in touch with your dentist or endodontist as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage from occurring.
2. Occlusal Disease
Occlusal disease, also referred to as malocclusion, can cause damage to the teeth, supporting bones and gums around the teeth, temporomandibular joints, and jaw muscles. The disease is caused by misalignment between the teeth of the upper and lower dental arches.
A lot of people often believe that tooth wear is part of the “natural aging or wearing” process, and this can lead to unnecessary teeth damage over time. A qualified dentist can treat symptoms associated with occlusal disease once diagnosed. Once treated correctly through restorative treatments, optimal oral health can be achieved.
3. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ-TMD)
Did you know that a lot of people who suffer from chronic facial and neck pain, along with recurring headaches and migraines, are actually suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD)?
The temporomandibular joint connects your skull to your lower jawbone. These joints are used daily, when we speak, eat, swallow, and even yawn.
Pain around and in these joints can be debilitating and can restrict movements. Common symptoms of TMJ-TMD include a clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves, locked jaw, pain in the jaw area, ongoing neck aches and more.
The are some things you can do to prevent TMJ-TMD from becoming an issue for you:
- Avoid grinding your teeth.
- Reduce constant gum chewing.
- Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth.
- Avoid resting your chin in your hands.
A qualified dentist will be able to provide proper diagnosis and treatment plans.
4. Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is a common oral health condition that many people will face during their lifetime. It results from the breakdown of the tooth enamel and is caused from eating foods high in sugars and starches.
As the tooth decays, it can lead to further issues developing, such as holes in the teeth, resulting in the need for fillings. It can also lead to gum disease issues over time.
When foods that are high in sugar and starch aren’t cleaned from the tooth properly, plaque develops. This combines with the bacteria in your mouth and produces acids that break down the enamel on your tooth. Long-term tooth decay can lead to loss of teeth, and in some cases, a full removal of all teeth.
Smile Restorations Treatment
There are several smile makeover solutions available that will help with these four issues (and more).
If tooth decay leads to the need for dentures, then the All-on-4™ treatment is a convenient solution. It replaces traditional dentures and uses state-of-the-art-technology that allows for same-day teeth replacement.
All-on-4 uses only four dental implants that attach to a full dental restoration. You don’t have to wait weeks to get smile restorations, it can happen in a few days with All-on-4.
Treatments for dental issues such as TMJ-TMD, traumatic dental injuries, oral cancer reconstruction, and continued care include solutions such as:
- Bridges: A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been.
- Crowns: Think of a crown as a “cover” cemented onto an existing tooth that fully covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line.
- Veneers: Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain, designed to cover the front side of the teeth.
- Dental implants: An implant is an artificial tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like the natural tooth.
Regardless of the smile restorations needed, chatting with a qualified dentist or endodontist is essential to the long-term health of your mouth, teeth, and gums.
Full mouth reconstruction, smile makeovers, and any associated treatment of the mouth can often be minimized through proper oral health care. If you have questions about how smile restorations could help you, feel free to get in touch and book a consultation to start you on your smile journey!