A smile is one of the first things strangers notice about an individual. If you have teeth that have sustained any type of damage, your smile could be compromised. In addition to causing health problems, damaged teeth can cause you to lose confidence and lower your engagement in social activities. Fortunately, a trip to the cosmetic dentist can help you restore damaged teeth and improve the overall appearance of your smile.
1. A Chipped Tooth
Although your teeth are designed to be durable, it's possible for the corner of a tooth to become chipped. Chips are usually caused by an impact injury. A cosmetic dentist can easily repair a chipped tooth using a few different techniques.
If you are able to locate the piece of tooth that has chipped away, a cosmetic dentist can utilize composite resin bonding to reattach the missing piece. Some chips compromise the integrity of the tooth's root or pulp. A cosmetic dentist typically uses a porcelain veneer to cover the chipped tooth and protect it from further damage or infection.
2. Tooth Decay
Decay is one of the most common types of tooth damage seen by dental professionals. All dentists can create a filling to help shield a tooth's interior anatomy against contamination when tooth decay appears. Only a cosmetic dentist can use specialized resins that are designed to blend seamlessly into the surrounding tooth to fill cavities caused by decay.
Some types of tooth decay are so severe that the structure of the tooth is compromised. A cosmetic dentist will remove these types of teeth and replace them with a dental implant and crown to restore your smile.
3, Worn Teeth
Many people suffer from a condition known as bruxism. This condition is characterized by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. Bruxism has the potential to cause damage to your teeth. All the grinding and clenching associated with this condition can cause teeth to become worn down over time. Eventually, the outer enamel of the teeth can become so worn that roots can be exposed.
However, a cosmetic dentist can help protect your teeth against potential infection by addressing worn teeth with veneers. Placing a veneer over a worn tooth restores the natural appearance of the tooth. As such, veneers, combined with specialized appliances that help prevent teeth grinding during the night, can reverse the appearance of worn teeth and restore the health and beauty of your smile.
To learn more, contact a cosmetic dentistry.