Your smile is one of the first things that someone notices about you when they first meet you and not having a straight, pearly-white smile can cause you to have problems with your self-esteem. Besides contributing to poor self-esteem, problems with your teeth can also contribute to discomfort in both your jaw and mouth.
Problems in your mouth may be a result of tooth loss, movement, fractures or wear and tear as you age. The good news is that you aren’t stuck with your mouth being that way for the rest of your life. Restorative dentistry helps you restore your confidence and provides many options for improving your dental health.
After a consultation with a dentist who can analyze the condition of your mouth, you can take the next steps to determine which method of restorative dentistry is most appropriate for your situation. Dental implants replace broken or missing teeth in your mouth to improve your smile and confidence. The implant is typically composed of titanium and fuses to the bone. They are strong and natural looking and provide a long-term solution to dental concerns.
Porcelain veneers place a thin shell on the outer covering of the tooth to brighten a dull or worn smile due to aging. Before veneers can be applied, a thin layer of tooth enamel must be removed to make room for the placement. They’re more ideal to improve the look for a faded smile, as opposed to fixing more serious problems with missing or damaged teeth.
If a gap is a problem in your mouth, you may be a candidate for bridge work. A bridge gets its name from bridging the gap in a patient’s mouth with an artificial tooth that eliminates the gap and also fits comfortably in the mouth similar to a natural tooth. They may be used in combination with other restorative dental procedures for a comprehensive plan to fix all problems in a patient’s mouth.