Cosmetic Dental Procedures
Cosmetic dentistry started out as a specialty performed by oral surgeons and periodontists. Today, well-trained general dentists perform cosmetic dentistry, which works hand in hand with cosmetic surgery. Much of dentistry is cosmetic dentistry. The accent now is not only on preservation, but on creating an attractive smile, too. Attention is focused on the bleaching and cosmetic restoration of teeth and on orthodontia, which allows crooked and malpositioned teeth to be moved into proper alignment. Many times restoring the teeth and bite can also minimize the need for other cosmetic procedures because of the important structural role that the mouth plays in supporting facial features.
Preventive Dental Care
Preventive dentistry is the key to long term oral health for all ages. Dental disease is almost entirely preventable and oral health is just as important as the health of the rest of your body. Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems such as infection, damage to bone or nerve, and tooth loss. Regular dental visits, x-rays, sealants, cleanings, fluoride, diet, protecting teeth from injury, and home oral hygiene are all integral in preventing more costly and painful dental problems. Waiting to see us until something hurts is not recommended. We like to catch problems before they progress to the point of pain and infection.
You can practice preventive dentistry on yourself by adopting these healthy habits: Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss between teeth once a day, and eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal and sugary snacks and drinks. This will help you keep a beautiful smile for a lifetime.
Restorative Dental Procedures
A dental filling, which may be placed with a variety of materials, restores a fractured, chipped, decayed and sometimes worn tooth. When the tooth is extensively broken down, often a crown may be needed to provide a more secure restoration that can help to prevent fracture and further breakdown of tooth structure. When a tooth has extensive deterioration, a large filling can restore the tooth but not necessarily keep the weak areas from fracturing. If the soft tissue inside your teeth (pulp) becomes inflamed or diseased, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth. Dental restorations can wear, change, fracture, discolor and even be affected by recurrent decay of the tooth structure. Just as most things change with age, often so do restorations. It is not always affected by your age, rather it is the fact that the restorations have aged with you.