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. With a customized smile makeover, your Lake Forest cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Fondriest, can help improve the look of your smile, as well as its health. From detecting and treating invasive dental diseases to thoroughly analyzing and correcting 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
Dental issues like tooth decay and gum disease develop silently, settling into your teeth and gums without much of an initial fuss. 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 steps of your smile makeover will entail an appropriate course of treatment to eradicate the disease before choosing the appropriate cosmetic procedures.
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, and 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 necessary extraction. If Dr. Fondriest detects the presence of gum disease, then case-specific periodontal treatment will be needed to ensure that the periodontal infection doesn’t threaten the integrity of your new smile.
Replacing Lost Teeth
Sometimes, reinvigorating a smile’s appearance means 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 jawbone deterioration following tooth loss 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 Procedures
Once a patient’s smile is disease-free, and lost or useless teeth are replaced with strong, durable replacements, Dr. Fondriest will help you decide which cosmetic procedure or combination of procedures will provide the most beneficial results for finalizing your smile makeover. Porcelain veneers, which are wafer-thin shells of dental porcelain, are among the most common cosmetic dental tools. Veneers can cover one, several, or all of a patient’s teeth to conceal stubborn blemishes and improve a smile’s overall look. Each veneer is hand-crafted to the dimensions of a specific tooth, and 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.
About Lake Forest Dental Arts:
Aside from providing expert family and cosmetic dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds highly-respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable staff. To schedule your consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.