Cosmetic dentistry is about more than just repairing damage done to your teeth through time, lifestyle, or diet – it’s about making your smile a reflection of what you feel inside. Whether you’re looking for restorative cosmetic dental work or an elective procedure to gain more confidence in your smile, the result can be a boost to your physical and emotional health.
Veneers are a cost-effective type of cosmetic dentistry that can improve discolored, worn, chipped, or crooked teeth in your smile. Used almost exclusively as a way to improve the appearance of a smile, veneers are also valuable as a way to make teeth resistant to future problems associated with staining agents in your diet or habits.
Dental implants are “replacement” teeth made from titanium. They are used to either replace a tooth or be used as an anchor for a denture/partial denture to snap into to keep it from shifting while talking or chewing. Implants preserve your bone. Without teeth, the bone that supports your overlying facial structure begins to melt away and can make you appear older than you are. Implants slow down this process, allowing you to maintain your youthful appearance.
Like veneers, crowns and bridges are an excellent way to restore misaligned teeth, repair small gaps, and make your teeth resistant to future problems associated with heavy chewing and staining agents. However, their function is not only to make your smile more complete, as crowns and bridges are often used to repair fractured teeth, severely decayed teeth, or damage due to trauma.
Dentures and partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth when implants are not an option. In the past, the loss of teeth signaled a decline in health that could rarely be reversed. After all, it is important to all humans to eat and, therefore, to have a means of chewing their food. Fortunately, dentures and partial dentures create an option for eating, speaking, smiling, and overall living a more normal, active life.
Orthodontic* treatment remains one of the most effective ways to create a straight and beautiful smile. In reality, there are very few people born with the straight, perfect teeth that are seen in movies and on television, yet it remains the ideal outcome for virtually everyone’s look. No matter what your age, orthodontics* can help create the smile most people dream of.
Root canals are one of the most feared treatments in the dental field. Almost everyone has heard a horror story or is otherwise convinced that root canals are a last resort option. Fortunately, most of these are myths. Thanks to today’s technology, there are many advances in dentistry that allow you to undergo a comfortable experience – even when having a root canal.
Every one wants a Hollywood smile – and with good reason. After all, a smile affects your relationships and has a lasting impression on your self image. When your smile is bright and beautiful, you are more likely to use it. For many patients, creating a smile that makes you feel more confident is simply a matter of getting their teeth whitened.
A painful or abscessed tooth is one of the most uncomfortable experiences there is. Oral problems can make eating, drinking, talking, sleeping, and even breathing painful. That’s why emergency dental procedures are a firm component of the services offered by any reputable dental office.
While most dentists will do anything possible to save a tooth, it is not always possible. Extractions are sometimes the only treatment that can be done for a tooth that has is a deep stress fracture, a substantial amount of decay, or is severely broken.
Regular teeth cleaning appointments are not just about keeping your smile bright and clean. Cleanings are necessary to keep your gum tissue and the structure of your teeth healthy. Lack of routine cleaning appointments can contribute to the development of periodontal disease. When periodontal disease is not treated it can eventually develop into more dangerous health problems, including heart disease.
Bad breath is often about much more than occasionally eating the wrong foods. Although foods such as garlic, onions, coffee, soft cheeses, and fish can certainly contribute to breath odor, constant and consistent bad breath is likely a signal of a more significant oral health problem.
Oral cancer can develop anywhere in the mouth and/or throat. It usually begins on the floor of the mouth, tongue, or lips, and then moves on to the rest of the body. Although oral cancer is often detected by a dental professional before any symptoms occur, it is best to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.
For people of all ages, dental offices and dental visits can come with fears of enormous proportions, including a phobia that is difficult to explain. Research shows that most people are at least partially anxious to go to the dentist, even if the procedure is as simple as a routine cleaning. Although there is no magic solution that can make someone’s fear vanish, there are many ways to reduce anxieties, allowing even the most phobic persons a positive experience at the dental office.