Are you unhappy with the health and beauty of your smile? Do you think that your smile is so badly damaged that it can never be healthy and beautiful again? Well, now’s your time to smile: modern reconstructive dentistry can repair virtually any smile, giving you a full set of functional, beautiful teeth. The exact procedures that will give you that smile depend on why your smile needs reconstruction and your cosmetic goals.
Why People Need Reconstructive Dentistry
Reconstructive dentistry is a lot more common than you think. Many of the beautiful smiles you see on a daily basis are only beautiful because of reconstructive dentistry. That’s because there are many reasons why people can experience serious damage to their smiles, including:
- Bad Bite
Tooth decay is when bacteria in your mouth attack your teeth. It starts by affecting just one tooth, and can be treated with a simple general dentistry procedure like a filling. But once decay starts, it will spread if left untreated. Badly damaged teeth need more extensive treatment, and if one tooth is left untreated, it is likely others will need treatment in the future, too.
Erosion occurs when acid in your mouth dissolves your teeth. It can attack all your teeth, although there are often localized areas of more severe attack. Common sources of acid are foods, drinks, and stomach acid. Erosion and decay often work together to significantly damage your teeth.
Bad bite occurs when your bite system isn’t working harmoniously. It subjects your teeth to significant force, leading to bad wear, chipping, cracking, and tooth loss. Teeth weakened by decay or erosion are more vulnerable to the effects of a bad bite.
Many different types of trauma can inflict bad damage to your teeth. Traffic accidents, sporting accidents, falls, and violence are the leading causes of tooth trauma that require reconstructive dentistry.
Common Reconstructive Dentistry Procedures
Every reconstructive dentistry procedure is personalized to your needs and goals. But there are several common procedures that we typically rely on to get the results you desire.
Dental crowns completely cover the visible surface of a damaged tooth, restoring its beauty and strengthening it at the same time. Even very badly damaged teeth can be returned to beauty and functionality with a dental crown.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is used when a tooth has become infected inside. The infection is removed and the tooth is filled with inert material. It’s then topped with something to seal and protect it, typically a dental crown.
Dentures can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are the oldest tooth replacement option available, but premium dentures can often give results never dreamt of by your grandparents.
Dental bridges anchor replacement teeth in your mouth so they’re functional and beautiful. These can be anchored to your natural teeth or to dental implants.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that can anchor a single replacement tooth, multiple tooth replacements, or an entire arch of teeth. The replacements can look natural, function like natural teeth, and last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth reconstruction is a term we use when your teeth are so badly damaged that most or all of your teeth need to be repaired or replaced. We’ll assemble a reconstruction plan for your smile. You will be delighted at the dramatic transformation in your health and your appearance.
Don’t Give Up: Your Smile Isn’t Beyond Hope
We understand that some people may have given up on their smiles because they think that nothing can be done. You may have been told that in the past, but we assure you: that dentist wasn’t thinking of the most recent innovations in dentistry. We urge you to talk to a dentist now to learn what we can do for you.
If you are looking for reconstructive dentistry in Anchorage, please call (907) 274-7691 today for an appointment at Denali Dental Care.