Smiles can be marred by a variety of dental issues. Decayed teeth can leave a smile dotted with brown or black spots. Broken or chipped teeth can make a smile look a little quirky while missing teeth can add years to your appearance. Your smile says a lot about you so if yours leaves something to be desired, restorative dentistry can make it great again. Here are four ways you can have a beautiful smile again.
These tooth colored fillings have been used for decades in front teeth. Early composites were not very strong and stained easily. With advancements in dental materials and technology, composites not only look and feel considerably better these days, they are also more durable. Their strength is now comparable to silver amalgam fillings. Traditionally silver fillings have been used in posterior teeth because of their strength and durability. More people are now turning to composite fillings instead of silver for health reasons and for esthetics.
Silver amalgam fillings have mercury in them as well as other metals such as copper and tin. For people who are allergic to metals, composites are now a good option. For those who would rather not have silver fillings show up when they smile widely or laugh out loud, restorative dentistry using composites provide a gleaming smile with all teeth.
Restorative Dentistry Includes Dental Implants
Replacing a missing tooth with an implant used to be a luxury. It was not very common and the results where okay, but not necessarily stellar. After seeing the advantages of dental implants and their positive impact on patients’ oral health, many dentists are recommending them. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants is in many ways becoming a standard procedure.
Implants look and feel like natural teeth. They also keep the jawbone healthy. Without stimulation from a natural tooth root, the bone will resorb and shrink. This, along with the missing tooth can cause your face to begin to look sunken in. You look older because you are lacking the structure to support your facial muscles. Restorative dentistry remedies that situation.
These dental prosthetic devices are fixed in place. They are used to close the gap between two teeth caused by one or more missing teeth. An artificial tooth or teeth are attached to two crowns; this bridges the gap between the natural teeth. The crowns are put on the teeth adjacent to the gap. In most cases the crowns are made of porcelain fused to metal.
Partial and Full Dentures
Dentures are removable dental prosthetics that replace several teeth in the case of a partial or a full arch of missing teeth in the case of a full denture. This method of restorative dentistry not only makes it possible for you to chew your food properly, they also provide the needed support for facial muscles. With the help of dentures, you look years younger, your smile is restored, and you can enjoy the foods you love to eat once more.
Your smile can look great again whether you only need cavities filled, one or two teeth replaced or full dentures. Contact The Smile Artisans and let us restore your smile to its natural beauty. Call today to schedule your appointment