To many patients, cosmetic dentistry is just that — cosmetic. But did you know that cosmetic and restorative dentistry does more than change your appearance? Many of these treatments benefit your oral health by making them easier to clean, improving the stability of your bite, and preventing uneven tooth wear. While you might think your chipped or crooked teeth are just a cosmetic concern, you might be putting your oral health at risk if they are left untreated. Learn more about the benefits of restorative dentistry with Mid Michigan Smiles in Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Ensure Your Teeth Wear Evenly
If teeth are not aligned properly, over time they will wear unevenly and cause premature tooth decay or pain. A common cause for excess tooth wear is an uneven bite, which could be the result of an overbite, underbite, a jaw injury, crooked or missing teeth, or even an uneven crown or molding fit.
Excess tooth wear can lead to several more serious dental health concerns because teeth can be worn down to the more sensitive layers beneath the enamel, called the dentin, and dentin erodes even faster and more painfully than enamel once it’s exposed. If left untreated, a person’s teeth can be worn down to their stumps, meaning that bridges, crowns, root canals, implants and even dentures may be necessary to remedy the issue.
Fix Crooked Teeth and Reduce Risk of Gum Disease
Overcrowded or crooked teeth may be a sign of deeper problems beneath the gums. Teeth can shift in your mouth and may become overcrowded if there’s no room for them to go. When teeth have moved too close together, they can crack or fracture. This crowding of your teeth can bring on pain and, if left untreated, eventually infection.
Crooked, chipped, or broken teeth are also challenging to clean. If teeth are not cleaned properly, plaque will form between teeth and along the gum line and begin to erode tooth enamel. Also, your gums can become infected and inflamed, pulling away from your teeth and causing them to be less stable. What’s more, progressive gum disease is linked to systemic health problems like heart disease and diabetes.
Prevent Health Problems with Restorative Dentistry
Gum disease is linked to overall health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s. An uneven bite, fractured or overcrowded teeth, or even missing teeth can lead to gum disease simply due to the fact that they are more difficult to clean. Correcting what seems like a cosmetic problem can actually keep your body healthy.
Create a Beautiful Smile with Mid Michigan Smiles
Dr. Ray Ribitch is an experienced dentist who offers many different types of conservative, effective treatments to fit your needs. Schedule a consultation with our office today to learn more about your options to create your best smile.