Damaged Teeth: Are My Teeth Too Far Gone to Benefit from Cosmetic Dental Procedures?
August 31, 2020
As dentists, our biggest priority is ensuring that your mouth and teeth are healthy and functional. Our teeth are supposed to last the duration of our lifetime, but this is rarely the case anymore. Over time, accumulated damage and decay can mean that our natural teeth require treatment to restore them. Only then is it worth investing in the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Fortunately, dentistry has evolved to such an extent that there is an effective treatment for nearly every issue. This means that there is rarely ever such a thing as teeth being too far gone for cosmetic dental procedures.
Dental treatment for restoring the function of your teeth
If your teeth are badly damaged, your dentist may recommend a variety of different treatments in order to restore your oral health and ensure that your teeth are functioning fully. In some cases, it may even be necessary to replace teeth that are so extensively damaged that the best option is to remove them.
Some of the most common functional dental restoration treatments include the following:
Cavity fillings. These are used to cover holes made in the teeth in order to remove areas of decay. Although traditionally made of metal amalgam, cavity fillings can also be made with tooth-colored composite which makes them more discreet.
Dental crowns. Crowns are used to cover teeth that are too badly decayed for cavity fillings. They can also restore the strength and appearance of teeth that are eroded or broken. Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain fused to metal, and 100% porcelain or acrylic. Those which are covered or made entirely from porcelain or acrylic can be created in a shade to match existing teeth, making them cosmetic as well as functional.
Dental bridges. Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They contain an artificial tooth that is supported on both sides by crowns. These crowns go over natural teeth on either side of the gap and are used to support the structure. Again, bridges can be constructed so that they resemble natural teeth and are as discreet as they are functional.
Dental implants. Dental implants are one of the most popular treatments for replacing missing teeth. Unlike bridges, they don’t rely on your natural teeth but instead are comprised of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jawbone. The bone then fuses around it to secure it permanently in place. Attached to the top of this post will be a custom-designed crown that will mean that your restoration looks, feels, and acts just like a natural tooth.
Cosmetic dentistry procedures that can enhance the appearance of your smile
Unfortunately, even healthy teeth can look as though they aren’t. Staining and discoloration, chips and cracks, and other fairly minor cosmetic defects can combine to have a detrimental effect on the appearance of your smile. As we know, you can opt to have tooth-colored cavity fillings and restorations such as porcelain crowns and bridges to restore both the function and attractiveness of your teeth. However, there are some purely cosmetic treatments that can further enhance the appearance of your smile. These include:
Teeth whitening. Teeth naturally darken with age, but staining and discoloration from food, drink, and chemicals like nicotine can also prevent us from having a healthy, white and attractive smile. In-office teeth whitening uses high-grade dental bleach to lighten the teeth, making them look lighter, brighter, and giving you a more youthful smile.
Dental veneers. Veneers are an effective way to cover up smile imperfections such as heavy staining, chips, and cracks. They can even be used to balance uneven teeth. Veneers are bespoke, made from porcelain, and glazed in a shade to match your natural teeth. Better still, the treatment can be complete in just two visits.
Dental bonding. A good alternative to whitening, bonding can also be used to cover stains as well as small imperfections in your teeth. Bonding uses composite which is pasted onto the teeth and then molded as required. Once hardened, it is polished so that it looks just like regular enamel.
If you are concerned about the health or appearance of your teeth, we can help you to rediscover your smile. Contact our dedicated team today to schedule an appointment.