Our smile can make a strong first impression, and if we are unhappy with it, our self-confidence may suffer. If you are dissatisfied with your smile and want a smile makeover, there are many different dental treatments you can choose that would be categorized as restorative to help brighten your smile and give you back your confidence.
Dental fillings are a common procedure, and many people will find that they will need at least one over the course of their life. Dental fillings are used to treat cavities and help to repair any teeth that may be cracked or broken.
Inlays and Onlays
If you have any decayed or damaged teeth and the damage is not severe enough to warrant a crown for the affected tooth, then your dentist may suggest inlays and onlays. An inlay is made to fill any spaces between the rounded edges at the center of the tooth’s surface. An onlay can cover one or more of these cusps or it can cover the entire surface of the tooth and not just in between.
For more severe tooth problems such as decay, or infected and inflamed tooth pulp, the dentist may suggest a crown. The crown is used to restore the damaged tooth and can help strengthen the tooth while also improving the appearance of the tooth.
If you don’t like your smile because you have gaps, then a dental bridge can help fill in these gaps. It compensates for the space between the teeth, or missing teeth, and helps keep the other teeth from shifting. The teeth on each side of the bridge have the support they need, and your smile is restored.
One of the most feared procedures in a dentist office would be the root canal. However, it is rarely as bad as some people may think. A root canal is an alternative to having infected teeth extracted. The root canal will treat the infected pulp of the tooth by removing it. It is the best way to save your tooth and prevent any gaps forming because of missing teeth.
No matter what you need to have done to restore your smile, your dentist is more than willing to walk you through all the options that are available to you.