If you look in the mirror and are unsatisfied with your smile, you have options: You truly can do something about it. Thanks to a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options today, you can finally take photographs with pride and even smile at strangers without always feeling self-conscious about how your teeth look.
Your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers—a popular cosmetic dentistry option that essentially will help you to get new teeth quickly and unobtrusively. Dental veneers are very thin shells that are customized to your teeth and are designed to cover your front teeth in order to restore their appearance. With veneers, your front teeth can change in size and shape as well. Tooth-colored veneers are ideal options if your front teeth are discolored, misaligned, chipped or have gaps between them. [pullquote]Dental veneers are very thin shells that are customized to your teeth and are designed to cover your front teeth in order to restore their appearance.[/pullquote]
Your dentist may suggest other treatment options such as dental crowns/bridges and dental implants. A dental crown is a tooth-colored, tooth-shaped cap that is placed on top of your natural tooth if your tooth is broken, stained, worn, cracked, decayed or compromised in any other way. A crown is necessary when so much of the tooth structure has been damaged that a dental filling will not work.
Meanwhile, a fixed dental bridge will help you if you have a gap between your teeth. The ends of the bridge are made up of your natural teeth covered by crowns, while an artificial tooth is in the middle of the bridge and covers up the gap. A bridge is an ideal solution for replacing a tooth.
A dental implant is ultimately the best, most durable option for restoring a missing tooth: The first step of the procedure is to have a titanium implant device inserted into your jawbone to serve as your missing tooth root. Then, your dentist will place a connecting piece—called an abutment—on the implant device. Finally, a dental crown is placed on top of the abutment.
Contact the office of Dr. John Withers at (940) 293-2635 to find out how we can help restore your smile and keep it vibrant for the coming years.