Dental Implants and Cosmetic Dentistry at Levens Family Dentistry
If you have broken, discolored or missing teeth, you may be reluctant to smile. Not smiling can affect your mood and can give the impression that you’re not a happy person. Missing and broken teeth can also impact your physical health in many ways. Read on in today’s blog as Levens Family Dentistry explains your options to address these problems.
Ways to Fix Discolored, Broken, or Missing Teeth
Dentists have a few options for dealing with discolored, broken, or missing teeth. To treat discolored teeth, they may use tooth whitening or apply veneers. They may also use veneers to deal with worn down or damaged teeth. Dental bonding is another option dentists sometimes use to fix damaged, chipped, or cracked teeth. For replacing missing teeth, dentists may use dental implants, crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Tooth Reconstruction
If you’ve had damage to your teeth due to decay, trauma, or other factors, dentists can restore the appearance and function of those teeth. They can apply thin ceramic tooth caps called veneers. They may also use bonding agents to change the shape of your teeth. You might use this procedure to close a small gap between your teeth, to reshape a tooth, or to change the appearance of your smile in some other way.
If you are only worried about improving the appearance of discolored teeth, whitening treatments are a more affordable option than veneers. Unlike the teeth whitening products available to the general public, the professional solutions used by your dentist will result in better, long-term results.
Dentists have a few different options for replacing teeth. They are bridges, implants, and dentures.
Bridges – A bridge is one or more crowns linked together to create a single unit. The bridge is then fixed to the healthy teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge will result in the appearance of healthy teeth with no gaps or missing teeth. People with bridges need to follow special care instructions and have them cleaned regularly.
Implants – More dentists are recommending the use of implants instead of bridges to deal with missing teeth. A dental implant consists of a titanium post and a false tooth. The titanium post is fused with your jaw bone, which creates a stable and lifelike false tooth that’s hard to distinguish from your other teeth.
Dentures – If you’re missing all or most of your teeth, dentures will probably be the best option for you. False teeth fit your mouth in a variety of ways, including clipping to implants or your existing teeth. Full dentures use an acrylic base that fits over your gums. Your dentist will work with you to find the denture solution that will work best for you.
Let Levens Family Dentistry Improve Your Smile
Dr. Robert Levens has a special understanding of what it takes to have a healthy, attractive smile. He and his friendly staff will be happy to help you with your missing, discolored, or damaged teeth. Learn more about your treatment options on our website, give us a call at (719) 574-1705 or request an appointment.