Tooth decay is often the beginning of a downward spiral. This may seem like a minor problem, however, the loss of a single tooth can lead to a domino effect. Once that space has been created the other teeth begin to shift and lose their original position. This can alter the bite pattern and erode other teeth ensuring more decay to follow. The gums will also become loose as the teeth shift, thus creating an entryway for bacteria to grow. This can progress to a gum disease called gingivitis if not treated quickly.
Cosmetic dentistry has progressed faster than any other form of oral health care in the past twenty-five years. The dentist can create nearly perfect faces now by altering the height of the teeth, correcting abnormal chew patterns and correcting asymmetry improves. The materials used have improved and the procedures are essentially painless. There are also many options to keep patients comfortable and safe.
The alternatives to problem solving have exploded to include every conceivable issue from straightening misaligned teeth to implanting new ones. A habit such as bruxism, which is when a person grinds their teeth while sleeping, damages the enamel on the teeth eliminating the natural protection. This crushing can also result in an uneven bite pattern encouraging tooth loss in the end.
If a tooth isn't too decayed or fractured to be restored, an inlay or an onlay can be used. Sometimes a regular filling isn't sufficient and a crown isn't required. These fillings are the in-between solutions, usually reserved for teeth in the back of the mouth to prevent a root canal or further damage from occurring.
When a root canal is necessary the infected part of the tooth is replaced with a rubber type filling and covered with a color-matching crown to prevent further problems. This allows the normal function to return and protects the other teeth from abnormal wear. They can last a very long time with proper care.
Porcelain veneers are a very thin covering used to alter the appearance of teeth. Using a bonding application, they can change the color, the shape and sometimes the size of teeth so they look completely natural. Cosmetic dentistry has perfected this process to repair chipped or discolored teeth.
Dental Implants last longer and are just as strong as natural teeth. They also look and function like natural teeth. The advantage implants have over bridges, dentures or even crowns is that the structure actually fuses to the jawbone. This prevents embarrassing moments like dentures popping out while laughing or speaking. The post also reduces further bone loss in the jaw. The post is there for life, however, if the crown is damaged it can be easily replaced.
Facial muscles actually submit to gravity, once the natural support structures are compromised it can result in drooping cheeks or wrinkles. This sagging can be avoided and somewhat reversed with implants. Several teeth can be implanted simultaneously with a bridge.
Cosmetic dentistry is an effective way to attain a younger look while improving one's overall health. It is also a great way to maintain a healthy youthful look.