Restore your smile to its former glory!
Chips, stains, discolorations, gaps, or something else — what’s eating you about your smile? While it’s true that you’re your harshest critic, you don’t have to live with a smile you dislike.
So let’s talk about the ways in which you can upgrade your smile and invest in the future health of your teeth.
No-Metal, Tooth-Colored Fillings
Did you know silver tooth fillings, also called “dental amalgam,” have been around for 150 years? Over that period, it has saved millions of teeth all over the globe!
Despite its effectiveness and success, silver fillings are still 50% mercury. Many people are uncomfortable with the idea of a filling that contains mercury (scientific and health experts say it’s safe) so it’s natural to want an alternative. At Duvall Dental Center, we don’t offer amalgam fillings because they’re not so great for your long-term dental health. Amalgam fillings aren’t as flexible as your teeth, so often, your tooth will flex while you chew, but the filling won’t. This can cause a filling failure or even more damage, such as a cracked tooth.
You can get your metal fillings replaced with tooth-colored, composite fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin material that’s a combination of ceramic and plastic compounds. This material is highly resistant to fracture, and it blends right in with the rest of your tooth structure and the surrounding teeth for a beautiful look! It flexes with your teeth when you chew and can last well over a decade. They’re completely safe and require the same maintenance as your natural teeth.
Dental Crowns for Reinforcement and Future Protection
As many as 4.5% of the global population suffer from some form of dental trauma. Such incidents include chips, cracks, and actual breakages of the teeth. Many things, from eating popcorn and nuts to poor oral hygiene, can result in tooth trauma. Unfortunately, even a tiny crack in the tooth can lead to tooth loss.
In fact, cracks in the tooth are the third biggest culprit behind tooth loss in the U.S. If you’ve had an accident that damaged one of your pearly whites, a dental crown can help restore it. A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic that covers the entire tooth structure. In this way, it makes the damaged tooth “whole” again.
Seeing as dental crowns go over the entire tooth, they can also fix stained or discolored teeth. Moreover, they can reinforce a weakened tooth, making it less prone to further damages. They also help stabilize a damaged tooth, which can minimize the need for an extraction.
What’s more, dental crowns are available in varying shades. This means your dentist in Duvall can match them to the shade of your natural teeth. With crowns, you’ll not only have stronger teeth, you’ll also have a healthier, more natural smile!
Root Canal Therapy to Keep Your Pearly Whites in Place
Dental fillings can help treat minor surface tooth decay. Left untreated, however, that minor cavity can dive deeper into the tooth. Over time, this can weaken the entire tooth structure, making it prone to breakages. Moreover, the infection in the tooth can spread to the gums, causing gum disease. The longer gum disease is left untreated, the more you are at risk of tooth loss. Without prompt gum disease treatment, you may end up fighting to save your teeth.
That’s why it’s important to see your dentist at least twice a year so they can monitor your oral health. With their expertise, they can detect even the smallest bit of tooth decay. They can then apply the proper restorative steps to prevent more destruction.
If, however, the cavity has invaded the deeper areas of your tooth, one of your best options is a root canal therapy. This procedure can help you save a deeply infected or decayed tooth. With prompt root canal treatment, you won’t have to get that affected tooth extracted.
If you’re worried about pain, don’t! Our office provides plenty of innovative sedation dentistry options that can help ease your dental anxiety.
Dental Implants and Bridges to Give You a Non-Gapped Smile
About nine in 10 people in the U.S. who no longer have any of their natural teeth use dentures. Today, modern technologies, like the Turbyfill technique, allow dentists to create better-fitting dentures. Since these fit really well, they are less prone to issues like detachment or food avoidance.
If you want a longer-lasting smile makeover, however, consider dental implants. Depending on the state of your gums, you may even be eligible for a same-day smile procedure!
One of the biggest advantages of dental implants is their permanence. They serve as a tooth root replacement, so they actually bind with the bones. This then allows the implants to act like natural teeth, giving the jawbone the stimulation it needs to stay strong and healthy. Over time, an unstimulated jawbone will “resorb” or melt away. This, in turn, can result in unwanted facial alterations, such as a sunken, sagging look in the cheeks.
If you don’t need full mouth dental implants, you may choose dental bridges instead. A dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap left by missing teeth. As with dental fillings and crowns, bridges are also tooth-colored.
You can also have your Duvall dentist make you an implant-supported bridge. In this case, the bridge will support (and replace) three or more consecutive missing teeth.
Fix your teeth woes and rebuild your smile now!
Ready to explore all the ways you can revive your smile? Please feel free to check the Duvall Dental Center’s restorative dentistry services! You’ll also find our contact details there, as well as a link to request an appointment.