Restoring your smile after an accident or loss of a tooth is one of the most important aspects of dentistry because it ensures the function of your bite and appearance of your smile stays intact
There are many reasons why the appearance and quality of your smile might go awry. Here at Ironside Advanced Dental in Sydney, we are leaders when it comes to maintaining the cosmetic value of your smile. As cosmetic dentists, it is our responsibility to ensure that your smile looks wonderful however this is never as simple as just straightening your teeth. We will always work from the ground up when it comes to the health of your teeth, which can actually directly impact the way your smile looks and functions.
Missing teeth can impact your smile in more ways than one
Unfortunately, whether we like it not, as we get older and as our teeth undergo more and more wear through what we eat they can begin to decay, enamel can erode and you can even lose some of your precious adult teeth. Recommended extraction most commonly occurs due to periodontitis (when bacteria infects the gums). This dental disease can be very painful and debilitative especially if you require extraction. Not to mention periodontitis and bacteria can also affect the cosmetic appearance of your teeth as bacteria can result in plaque and tartar which can give the edges of the teeth a yellowish tinge and wreak havoc if not treated by your dentist.
If you require extraction, dental implants are a beneficial solution
Dental implants are the most durable and functional solution to tooth loss as they are a permanent solution. They are effective at not only rehabilitating the cosmetic appearance of your smile, but also the function which is imperative to ensure your speech and chewing patterns are not affected. In order to install a dental implant, Professor Ironside will install a titanium fixture which will be inserted through your gum into your jaw bone. Over time this fixture will fuse with your jaw bone creating a stable anchor for your dental implant crown which will conceal the appearance of the titanium screw. Your dental implant crown can be colour matched to your natural teeth so that no one will need to know that you’ve had a natural tooth removed.
Biting pressure can impact your cosmetic appearance
Many people underestimate how deeply a missing tooth can affect your mouth. When you have a void or space in your jaw this means that there is no pressure being put on your underlying jaw bone. This pressure is how the jaw bone is stimulated and maintained, without it, the bone can recede and become brittle. This can also affect the way your facial profile appears as the prominence of your jaw is directly affected by the way in which you bite and how your teeth add pressure to your jaw.
This goes to show how our consideration for your teeth is much further than smile-deep. Although cosmetic dentistry is an important part of caring for your smile, it’s also important to take into consideration what other components of your mouth can affect your appearance.
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