Restoring Smiles With Cosmetic Dental Care
Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry are two separate aspects of dental care, but there is often overlap when it comes to smile makeovers. In a functional smile restoration, your dentist may include cosmetic procedures to help you achieve a pain-free, beautiful smile.
Here are five examples of how cosmetic dentistry treatments can help you restore your smile.
1. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Bring Balance to the Gums
Smile makeovers often focus on the health and appearance of the teeth, but the gums are another important factor to consider. An attractive smile is one that has a beautiful balance between the teeth and the gums.
Gums may look unbalanced naturally, meaning you were born with a gummy smile, or they may become unbalanced because of an oral health issue. Gum disease is the primary cause behind a change in gum contour, and it often leads to gum recession.
If your smile makeover focuses on restoring oral health after gum disease, you may need laser gum reshaping as well. This will not only bring balance to your smile but will also protect your future oral health by ensuring your teeth have adequate gum coverage.
2. Protect Exposed Tooth Roots
Gum disease, harsh brushing habits, bruxism, and genetics can all cause gum recession and, in turn, root exposure. Exposed tooth roots can not only impact the balance of your smile but also cause sensitivity and increase your risk of decay.
While a gummy smile may be a strictly cosmetic issue, recession and root exposure can negatively impact your oral health. That being said, laser gum contouring and gum grafting are common treatments for exposed roots.
Your dentist will be able to perform a soft-tissue graft to replace lost tissue. They will also shape the gums to look attractive and curved where they meet the teeth.
3. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Replace Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are both a cosmetic and functional oral health issue. Gaps in your smile detract from your appearance, make you feel self-conscious, and even change the shape of your face. Over time, more serious issues can occur. Your jawbone begins to shrink since there aren’t any tooth roots present to help stimulate its growth. Muscles in your face, primarily the cheeks and jaw, begin to sag. You may even experience further tooth loss because of your missing teeth. For these reasons, it’s important to replace each missing tooth as soon as possible.
Dental implants and implant-supported dentures are superior choices as they most closely mimic natural teeth. However, more affordable options, such as dental bridges, can be a valuable alternative depending on your needs.
4. Repair Chipped Teeth
Chipped teeth are another common issue that’s often viewed as cosmetic in nature. While superficial chips may not immediately impact your teeth, that doesn’t mean they should be ignored.
Chips and other superficial damage can still cause trouble long term. Damaged enamel is more vulnerable to decay because bacteria and food debris cling more easily to these rougher spots. Not to mention, sharp edges left by chipped enamel can harm your tongue or cheek.
Your dentist can repair superficial chips, enamel abrasions, and other minor flaws with a number of options. An onlay, inlay, or filling may be enough, but if you want a full smile makeover, dental bonding and veneers are great choices to consider.
5. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Relieve TMJ Pain
Did you know that Botox can be a highly effective treatment option for dental-related issues? Some dentists, such as Dr. Bentz, offer cosmetic Botox in their offices. While Botox is famous for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, it’s also a useful therapeutic option for patients who experience chronic migraines, headaches, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain caused by a TMJ disorder.
If you experience discomfort or tenderness in your jaw, cheeks, neck, or upper back, your dentist can evaluate you for a TMJ disorder. Botox is often used to help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorders by relaxing the muscles around the TMJ that may be constricting and causing the pain.
If you suspect you may be experiencing TMJ pain or you’ve already been diagnosed and are interested in learning more about Botox therapy, Dr. Bentz can help.
Smile Makeovers at Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center
Many smile makeovers use both cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures to achieve a balanced, healthy smile. An experienced dentist like Dr. Bentz will customize your treatment plan to your individual needs, ensuring your final result meets the result you envisioned for your new smile.
The first step in every smile makeover is a consultation. You can book one today by calling our East Norriton office or requesting an evaluation online.