If your teeth are in bad shape and you're embarrassed at how they look, you should talk to your dentist about your options. Restorative dentistry has come a long way. A dentist can give you a beautiful smile no matter what shape your mouth is in or what your age. Besides having a nice smile, your mouth will be restored to its normal function so that you can chew normally and not be bothered with constant toothaches. Here are some dental procedures that might help you.
Implants are the ideal way to replace a lost tooth. That's because the artificial tooth actually attaches to your jawbone rather than the teeth next to it. That makes the tooth just as strong as a natural tooth. You can have an implant to replace a single missing tooth, or you can get an implant for a bridge of teeth. You can even get implants for dentures if you want to pull all your teeth. You only need a few implants to hold a set of dentures securely in your mouth, so you can enjoy the benefits of white, strong teeth without the problems that come along with the slipping of traditional dentures.
Veneers are shells that fit over your teeth that change the color and shape of your natural teeth. You may want veneers if you have gaps between your teeth, you have a chipped tooth, or if your teeth don't respond to the usual whitening procedures. Veneers are quick to put on and the process is easy to endure. It's a good way to improve your smile as long as your teeth are healthy. Veneers don't treat cavities or replace the need for fillings. They are used for cosmetic purposes and can be used in combination with implants and crowns as part of a whole-mouth dental restoration.
If you have quite a bit of tooth decay, it may not be possible to restore health to your teeth with fillings alone. There has to be enough healthy tooth left to hold a filling in place. If a filling isn't suitable, a crown is the next best option. It will save the tooth from being pulled. The crown fits right over your tooth after the decayed portion has been removed. The crown is sealed in place, so you'll be able to chew better and you won't suffer from toothaches any more. Crowns can be made from metal or porcelain, but if you want to restore your mouth to a natural looking state, porcelain is best. That's because it has a color and reflective nature just like natural enamel, so it looks like a natural tooth.
With these and other dental treatments available, there is no reason to suffer with an unhealthy mouth that causes you embarrassment and pain. Contact a professional like those at Alliance Family Dental to discuss your options.