The Benefits of Restoring a Smile
Did you know that smiling is contagious? When you see someone smile it triggers activity in the part of your brain that is responsible for controlling facial movements. Peoria, Arizona cosmetic dentists have also found that smiling lowers stress levels and releases endorphins, which is good for both your mental and physical health. These are all compelling reasons for a smile makeover.
Often a Peoria smile makeover isn’t only cosmetic, it can also include restoring a patient’s dental health. When a cosmetic dentist restores a smile it doesn’t only affect the patient’s dental health, since dental health can also affect physical health and emotional well being.
Over the last few decades, the medical and dental community has come to realize the undeniable connection between oral health and physical health. The most obvious connection of course, being any oral problem that results in the inability to properly chew and digest food, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies and problems related to the digestive tract.
In addition, when bacteria build up on the teeth and gums, the gums can become infected. If the infection is not treated the immune system responds, which creates inflammation in the gums. This inflammation will continue and progress unless the infection is successfully treated. Over the course of time the inflammation destroys gum tissue and the bone structure that holds the teeth in place, eventually resulting in tooth loss.
Medical science has now proven that there is a link between this inflammation and numerous serious physical maladies such as heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. It has also been proven that eliminating gum disease and the resulting inflammation can be helpful in bringing diabetic blood sugar under control.
Sometimes, even when a patient is diligent with their oral hygiene, teeth can be lost or damaged for various reasons. In some cases, even though a patient brushes regularly they may develop gum disease and the resulting inflammation and tooth loss. Accidents and lack of professional dental care are other common reasons teeth can become damaged or lost.
Although a Peoria smile makeover can be done for cosmetic reasons, if restoration is needed an experienced cosmetic dentist has many options available and may choose to employ several different procedures.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most versatile restorations available. Although they are often used cosmetically to correct deeply stained or slightly crooked teeth, porcelain veneers can also cover chips, cracks and gaps. Today’s porcelain veneers are custom made, thin porcelain shells that cover the front of a tooth or several teeth. Modern porcelain veneers have achieved an extremely natural translucency and can be perfectly matched to your natural teeth if desired. An advantage of using porcelain veneers rather than dental crowns is that very little tooth enamel needs to be removed before placing a porcelain veneer.
Sometimes a tooth is too severely damaged or decayed for a porcelain veneer, in which case your cosmetic dentist may still be able to save the tooth with a dental crown. The tooth must be shaped and prepared, any decay must be removed, and then your Peoria cosmetic dentist can place a dental crown, which covers the entire tooth.
When all other options have been exhausted, and the loss of one or more teeth is inevitable, your cosmetic dentist may use dental bridges or dental Implants to replace any missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, and attaches to the teeth on either side of the missing ones. For years this was the only option available.
Today, the most desirable option to replace missing teeth is dental implants in Peoria. A dental implant consists of an artificial tooth root that your dentist places into the jaw bone. Eventually this artificial root will fuse with the bone, and once a dental crown is attached it will look and function just like your natural tooth. An added bonus of using a dental implant is that it will help prevent the bone loss that otherwise inevitably occurs when one or more teeth are lost.
Restoring your smile is an established means of improving your physical health, your mental outlook and your self-confidence.
If you’re interested in reaping the benefits of a smile makeover, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ceyhan at Aesthetic Dentistry of Arrowhead. The doctor will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and jaws to determine what procedures would be most helpful and then listen to your input in order to create a smile makeover plan custom made for you.
Dr. Ceyhan is highly experienced in the field of cosmetic dentistry and has gone on to attend numerous continuing education courses and is involved in a local dental study club in order to stay current with the latest treatments and procedures available. He will work with you to restore and maintain your healthy smile. Call us today.
17100 N 67th Ave, Suite 500
Glendale, Arizona 85308
Phone: (623) 979-1515
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