Have you been considering a dental makeover? For better or worse, most people’s smiles (or lack of one) dominate their facial appearance. Even with a lifetime of diligent dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, visual blemishes can still appear and diminish a patient’s confidence. While many cosmetic issues don’t threaten a patient’s health, their appearance may indicate more trouble than the eye can see.
As part of a sophisticated dental makeover, the cosmetic dentist will detect and treat all invasive dental diseases. They will thoroughly analyze and correct problems with bite symmetry. A personalized smile makeover involves more than just improving the look of your teeth. To ensure that your smile lasts, Dr. Fondriest will also ensure that your mouth is free of disease and able to function properly.
Preparing Your Smile’s Foundation for a dental makeover
Dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease develop silently. They settle into your teeth and gums without being noticed. Once they become noticeable, however, they can lead to weakened and discolored teeth, receding gums that affect your smile’s appearance. If your smile’s blemishes are caused by an underlying health issue, then the first step is to get medical advice.
All dental makeovers start with a plan for treatment. Dental problems such as pain or infections must be fixed first prior to addressing cosmetic issues. For mild to moderate cavities, Dr. Fondriest often recommends white dental fillings that use tooth colored composite resin instead of traditional metal amalgam. Unlike metal, composite resin is tinted to blend in with natural teeth. It can be bonded to tooth structure for a more effective seal against infectious bacteria.
Severe tooth decay often requires a root canal procedure to stop the spread of infection and save the tooth from extraction. If Dr. Fondriest detects the presence of gum disease, then personalized gum treatments will be needed to ensure that the gum infection doesn’t threaten the integrity of your new smile.
Replacing Lost Teeth
Sometimes, part of a dental makeover is replacing one or more teeth that have been lost to severe traumatic injury or extensive dental disease. In most cases, Dr. Fondriest may recommend dental implants—small root devices that are surgically inserted into the jawbone to support a dental prosthesis.
Dental implants are the only restorative dental tool that replaces lost teeth’s roots, helping to preserve the jawbone by stimulating a healthy flow of nutrient rich blood. This stimulation can prevent jaw bone loss following extractions and improve a patient’s chances of preventing future tooth lost. When supported on one or more implants, replacement teeth help patients who’ve lost teeth enjoy the confidence of a beautiful, healthy, fully functional smile.
Choosing the right cosmetic dental procedures for your dental makeover
Once a patient’s smile is disease free, Dr. Fondriest will help you decide which cosmetic procedures will provide the most beneficial results. . Porcelain veneers, which are wafer thin shells of dental porcelain, are among the most common ways of finalizing your smile makeover.
Veneers and teeth crowns can cover one to all of a patient’s teeth to conceal blemishes and improve a smile’s overall look. Each veneer is hand-crafted to the dimensions of a specific tooth. They can be used singly or in conjunction with others, depending on each patient’s needs. The porcelain used for veneers is designed to match your smile’s natural color, and the material is layered to emulate tooth enamel’s light reflecting properties.
Learn more about a sophisticated dental makeover
Cosmetic dental techniques are improving with technological advances every day. Be sure to consult with the best cosmetic dentist you can find. With a customized dental makeover, Dr. James Fondriest, can help improve the look of your front teeth in your smile, as well as your overall oral health.
To schedule your cosmetic dentistry consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.