Cosmetic dentistry is often thought of as a separate entity from restorative and general dentistry, but it really shouldn’t be. All of these sub-specialties of dentistry are interconnected and depend upon one another. Read on in this blog from DK Dental Care to find out why patients who invest in improving the aesthetic of their smile are more likely to improve their oral hygiene as well.
Some of the most common cosmetic dental treatments involve restoring or replacing missing teeth with dental bridges, implants, dentures, or implant-supported dentures. While this cosmetically improves your smile by filling in gaps, it’s also crucial for your oral health to replace missing teeth.
Dental implants prevent bone loss which can lead to serious complications such as changes to your facial structure and facial sagging. By replacing a tooth, you prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting which can lead to orthodontic problems that make it more difficult to clean your teeth or lead to speech impediments.
Damaged teeth from dental trauma, teeth grinding, or some other accident can cause an unsightly appearance but it can also be a health hazard. For one, if you have broken a tooth, this can leave sharp edges in the mouth that cut the soft tissue inside of your mouth.
On the other hand, severe dental trauma can cause tooth infections. If this is not treated promptly, this can cause the infection to spread to the other teeth or through the bloodstream. Dental bonding can cover an exposed root and rebuild the tooth if it’s been chipped or cracked. For more extensive damage, tooth-colored crowns can create a sturdy but aesthetic cap around all the surfaces of the teeth.
In recent years, composite fillings have become the standard dental filling used by dentists all around the country. This tooth-colored filling is biocompatible and less invasive than the much less aesthetic silver amalgam fillings.
However, composite fillings don’t just look good, they’re also potentially better for you. They don’t contain mercury, which makes them suitable for most patients and they preserve more of the natural tooth structure. This enables us to remove less of your natural tooth which preserves the integrity and strength of your tooth.
No matter if you’re interested in straightening your teeth, whitening them, repairing damage, replacing missing teeth, or changing their appearance entirely, undergoing cosmetic treatments makes patients more likely to care for their oral health.
Think about it - if you just spent time and money on a whitening treatment, are you likely to consume staining foods and drinks or are you more likely to be particular about brushing and attending dental cleanings that will preserve the treatment?
This is the case for just about all cosmetic treatments. Patients want to reap the full rewards of their improved smile which makes them more particular about their oral hygiene routine, aftercare, and maintenance.
Don’t wait any longer to address any of your cosmetic concerns with your smile. Doing so will improve not just the appearance of your smile, but also your health! Did you know that your oral health is connected to your overall health? Get started today by scheduling a consultation at DK Dental Care with Dr. David Keeling today.