Your teeth impact many aspects of your life, more than you may realize. Speech, appearance, breath, eating, and overall health are all affected by your teeth and smile. General and comprehensive dental services care for your teeth’ health, but cosmetic and restorative dentistry are specialty areas that are important to achieving a beautiful, functional smile. Here are the differences between cosmetic and restorative dentistry and how they can improve your teeth and smile.
Should you replace missing teeth? The missing tooth that spoils your healthy smile certainly gets your attention, but those unseen missing teeth – those in the back of your mouth – can also cause a variety of problems. So when patients ask me whether they should replace missing teeth I usually say yes. The only exception? The last molars.
When I see patients who have missing teeth I want them to know about their options. A missing tooth can spoil a smile or create more serious problems. For many years, the only treatment options available were bridges and dentures. Now dental implants are available as another option for many of my patients. Here’s what you should know about dental implants.
No one wants to have a cavity. Only a few avoid them completely. Even those who follow all the recommendations for dental hygiene can be susceptible. Cavities are one of the primary reasons for dental visits, particularly when they signal loudly and painfully as a toothache. Once decay forms, the tooth structure has to be restored with some type of filling.
Teeth play a big role in how you see yourself and the impression that you make on others. I see patients every day that are unhappy with their smile. I tell them about the new dental health options available through cosmetic dentistry – how crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, implants, and other cosmetic procedures can give you a smile makeover.
When patients ask me whether they should replace a missing tooth I usually say yes. The only exception? The last molars. Never underestimate the value of your teeth. Even the loss of a few teeth can cause serious health and cosmetic problems. Fortunately, modern dental technology now makes it possible for nearly all missing teeth – seen and unseen – to be replaced. You no longer have to give up a healthy smile because of missing teeth.
Many people have missing teeth. For some of these individuals, dental implants are a good option. Implants feel and look just like your natural teeth and can last a lifetime. The implant is actually a prosthetic or artificial tooth root that is surgically placed into the jaw to anchor a replacement tooth or bridge.
Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. They feel and look just like your natural teeth and can last a lifetime. For the implant to be an appropriate choice, you need to have adequate bone to support the implant. In some instances, there is not enough bone height in the upper jaw, or the sinuses are too close to the jaw. A sinus lift is then required for dental implants to be placed.
Now and then I see a patient who has nurtured a toothache for too long. “I have had this toothache for months, and the ibuprofen doesn’t seem to help.” The sad truth is that now there’s most likely a decay-ridden tooth. If the patient wants to save the tooth, the options are limited. In the most severe cases, a root canal and crown or extraction and replacement with an implant will be required.
Should you replace missing teeth? When patients ask me whether they should replace a missing tooth I usually say yes. The only exception? The last molars. Fortunately, modern dental technology now makes it possible for nearly all missing teeth – seen and unseen – to be replaced.