Living with an imperfect smile can cause a lot of anxiety and apprehension when dealing with others. Your smile is one of the first things that people see when they meet and greet you; whether you like it or not, your smile and the health of your mouth communicate to others much about you even before you utter your first words.
An attractive smile is clean, bright, and in order; this is a symbol of youth and strength, and people who are lucky enough to sport this smile naturally are confident, self-assured, and satisfied with their appearance.
On the other hand, those of us with less-than-perfect smiles may feel self-conscious, anxious, and even want to avoid dealing with others. We communicate with others and reveal our vulnerabilities through our smiles—in job interviews, face to face interactions, and in everyday life. You deserve to have a healthy, vibrant smile with which to face the world. If you have missing or broken teeth, how can you work to improve your appearance and recover your self-confidence? Read on to see what options you have regarding restoring the health of your mouth:
Restoring your smile with crowns and bridges
Reconstructing your smile with crowns and partials has important health benefits. Keeping your mouth in tip-top shape is protecting your total health and wellness; research points to oral health as being intimately connected to the condition of your whole body.
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a compromised or missing tooth to improve the appearance of your smile. Crowns can almost instantly fix chips, cracks, discoloration, and crookedness, and they provide additional strength and structure to areas of the mouth that may be damaged or compromised. Crowns withstand the pressure of chewing and biting well, and they can be cared for in much the same way as you would your real teeth.
Benefits of crowns
Crowns not only improve the appearance of your smile, but they are also a cost-effective option for restoring the strength and cosmetic appearance of your teeth. They can be replaced with minimal cost, and they resist chipping, cracking, and staining those other teeth may be prone to. Crowns add additional structure to areas of your mouth that may have been weakened or compromised due to decay and tooth loss; placing a crown is a cost-effective way of dealing with dental deficiencies.
Bridges and partials
A bridge, or partial, is a device used to replace several adjacent missing teeth. Bridges are often made up of a crown on either side, with one or more artificial teeth in between to complete the look of a set of upper or lower teeth. Bridges can be supported by your natural teeth or by implants that are capped off by crowns.
Benefits of bridges
Missing or damaged teeth can really derail your smile. A strong and durable bridge can fill in the gaps and make your smile complete once more. Bridges and partials can also restore your ability to chew and speak clearly, as well as to fortify and strengthen damaged areas of the mouth. Bridges can also prevent your natural teeth from shifting out of place and contributing to bone loss can further complicate your jaw and tooth position.
How are crowns and bridges installed?
A crown is either installed on a natural tooth that has been trimmed down to be a suitable stem for a crown, or it is fitted over an anchor that has been placed into your bone and gum tissue and fused into existing tissue. It is generally a multi-step process that requires follow up care, monitoring, and additional appointments to complete.
A bridge involves preparing teeth in your mouth that will serve as anchors for the appliance. Once these teeth have been prepared for crowns, your dentist will then fit you with a temporary bridge to hold the space while your permanent bridge is being prepared. Once prepared, your dentist will schedule a follow-up visit during which your permanent bridge will be cemented or fixed into place. This permanent bridge cannot be removed without your dentist’s help.
Oral care following a crown or bridge procedure
Following your dentist’s care instructions in the immediate days following surgery will provide the time needed for your dental hardware to harden and take up a more permanent residence in your mouth. After the first few days of post-placement care, you should be able to return to normal oral care habits with success. Keeping this area of your mouth clean and well-maintained will ensure that your hardware will continue to function as intended and make your mouth and smile more beautiful.
Lacking in self-confidence? Want that spring in your smile?
Dr. Eric Mehler, D.D.S., and his talented team of associates in our Sunrise location know what the consequences are of a less than perfect smile. It can affect your mental health, your physical health, and even your relationships. Restoring your smile to its natural, healthy brilliance will give you your self-confidence back and make you feel like you’re at the top of your game once more. If you have broken, damaged, or missing teeth, don’t let them hold you back any longer. Contact us today to see how we can give you your smile, your confidence, and your life back. You deserve it!