Your oral health plays an important role to your overall health as well as your facial aesthetics. It goes beyond your self-confidence and how much of an impression you will make at a job interview (although these are both important, too!). If you have suffered through dental issues and do not have the beautiful smile that you once had, then you should take the appropriate steps to achieve that smile again. Here are three options in cosmetic dentistry that you have when restoring your smile to its natural beauty:
1. Dental Fillings
This is probably the easiest type of restorative dental procedure and is most often used when you have suffered from tooth decay, such as a cavity, though it is frequently used to fill in minor cracks from trauma. It can be created out of a number of different types of materials, including metal, porcelain, composite resin and gold. The filling is fused to the enamel of your tooth, which strengthens your damaged tooth and prevents any further damage to your tooth.
2. Dental Crowns
If you are suffering from chipped, cracked or broken teeth, then a potential option that is available is a crown. A crown can be developed based on the of your tooth and will be crafted to be similar in color to the rest of your teeth. It will be cemented to the existing tooth so that it will remain in place as you eat and go about your daily life. It will function, feel and appear natural.
3. Dental Bridges
Another option is a dental bridge, which is a row of dental crowns that works to replace missing teeth by anchoring the bridge to surrounding teeth. It is will be developed based on your oral alignment and aesthetics and will cover your teeth on both sides of the missing tooth so that it can firmly hold your new tooth in place with no worries of it falling out.
If you are suffering from a damaged smile for whatever reason – tooth decay, chipped teeth, missing tooth, or something else entirely, reach out to a cosmetic dentist in your area to discuss restorative dental options. The options will vary based on your individual dental situation. Once you have undergone the recommended procedure, it is very important that you take the necessary measures of prevention to lead a healthier lifestyle and maintain proper oral hygiene to avoid further damage to your smile, oral health and overall health.