You take care of your teeth daily, brush twice and floss once. You see your dentist for cleanings and checkups every six months like clockwork. But despite all that preventive maintenance, you still find yourself dealing with cavities, gum disease, or other dental problems from time to time. Don’t worry—it happens to the best of us. Fortunately, modern dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and there are now more options than ever for restoring your smile to its former glory. From simple fillings to complete smile makeovers, restorative dentistry can give you a new lease on life. Here’s a look at just a few ways restorative dentistry can help you regain your smile.
Cavities and Fillings
One of the most common dental problems is cavities. Cavities occur when bacteria in your mouth form plaque, which eats away at your tooth enamel. If left untreated, cavities can cause pain, tooth loss, and infection. In the past, the only way to treat cavities was to drill out the decay and replace it with a filling made of metal, amalgam, or other materials. But thanks to advances in dental technology, we now have access to much more aesthetically pleasing options like composite fillings made of porcelain or ceramic. These new fillings look better, bond more firmly to your teeth, and are less likely to crack or chip over time. Ask your dentist about composite fillings if you’re looking for a more attractive option for treating cavities.
If you have a cavity, your dentist will clean the decay and fill the hole with a composite filling. Composite fillings are made of porcelain or ceramic, which means they can be matched to the color of your teeth. This makes them much less noticeable than metal fillings. Composite fillings also bond more firmly to your teeth, which helps to prevent further decay. And because they’re made of materials less prone to cracking and chipping, they should last longer than metal fillings. If you’re interested in getting composite fillings, be sure to ask your dentist about them.
Gum Disease and Implants
Another common dental problem is gum disease—an infection of the gums that can cause redness, swelling, bleeding, and eventually tooth loss if left untreated. Gum disease is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits like smoking or not brushing and flossing correctly. In its early stages, gum disease can often be treated with a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing. However, surgery may be necessary in advanced cases to save your teeth. One popular option is dental implants—tiny titanium posts surgically implanted into your jawbone to support replacement teeth. Dental implants are strong and durable and can last a lifetime with proper care. Best of all, they look and feel just like natural teeth!
If you think you may have gum disease, you must see your dentist immediately so they can diagnose the problem and recommend the best treatment plan. Don’t wait—gum disease won’t go away on its own and will only worsen over time.
Another common dental problem is tooth decay. Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in your mouth that produce acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. This can lead to a small hole in your tooth, known as a cavity. If left untreated, cavities will only get bigger and eventually reach the inner layers of your tooth, causing pain and infection. Cavities can be treated with fillings made of materials like metal, composite resin, or ceramic used to fill in the hole in your tooth. A root canal may be necessary in more severe cases to save the tooth.
Tooth decay is preventable with good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and avoiding sugary foods and drinks. If you do get a cavity, it’s essential to see your dentist so they can treat it before it gets worse.
Complete Smile Makeovers
For some people, restoring their teeth to their original state isn’t enough—they want a brand-new smile that they can be proud of. Thanks to advances in dental technology, this is now possible with complete smile makeovers! A comprehensive smile makeover is a custom designed to meet your individual needs and goals. Still, it may include procedures like veneers (thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth), teeth whitening (to brighten stained or yellowed teeth), or orthodontics (to straighten crooked teeth). With a complete smile makeover from your dentist, you can finally have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
If you’re interested in getting a complete smile makeover, the first step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. During this appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, take X-rays, and ask about your goals for your new smile. Based on this information, they’ll be able to create a custom treatment plan just for you. So don’t wait any longer—if you’re unhappy with your smile, talk to your dentist today about getting a complete smile makeover!
If you’re dealing with dental problems like cavities or gum disease, don’t despair—modern dentistry has come a long way in recent years, and there are now more options than ever for restoring your smile to its former glory. From simple fillings to complete smile makeovers, restorative dentistry can give you a new lease on life. So what are you waiting for? Consult your dentist today about how restorative dentistry can help you get your smile back.
North Austin Dentistry is proud to offer our patients a wide range of therapeutic dental services. Whether you need a simple filling or a complete smile makeover, we have the experience and expertise to help you achieve your goals. We believe everyone deserves to have a beautiful, healthy smile, and we’ll work with you to ensure you get the treatment you need to achieve that. Contact us today to learn more about our therapeutic dental services or to schedule a consultation with our experienced team.