Over the past few months or even years, have you noticed changes in your smile that are causing you to feel self-conscious, such as worn edges or minor chips or cracks? These might seem like cosmetic issues, but in many cases damage like this actually requires restorative treatment to help protect weakened teeth. If you’ve noticed heightened dental sensitivity recently, especially when eating or drinking, this could also be due to a problem requiring restorative treatment. So if you know that your smile has changed, and are unsure why, it is best to speak with your restorative dentist, quickly, about what could be to blame, and more importantly, what can be done to help fix these issues.
What Could the Problem Be?
The most common dental health issue is cavities. In fact, over 90 percent of people will struggle with dental decay, called caries, or cavities. Though cavities are largely preventable through diligent dental hygiene, regular dental exams and cleanings, and a healthy diet, if you do experience a cavity, a restorative dentist can help.
In most cases, the dentist will recommend a dental filling, which can be made to closely match your existing teeth in shape, size and color, so you can continue to smile proudly even with the restorative dentistry.
When cavities are left to progress, however, or in cases where intrinsic damage has been done to a tooth, an infection may occur. To address infections root canal therapy may be needed, to remove any infected portions of the teeth. Fortunately, after this procedure, a dental crown can be used to help protect and beautify the tooth. Badly damaged teeth, including some that are chipped, cracked, or worn due to excessive grinding, can also be protected through the use of a dental crown. If cosmetics are a big concern to you, talk to your dentist about the esthetic benefits of choosing a porcelain crown to restore your smile.