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Treatment Options to Improve Smile Symmetry

cosmetic dentistry veneers ClearwaterOne common reason for cosmetic dentistry treatment is to correct the look of an asymmetrical smile. You might have teeth that appear proportionally smaller than other teeth, or you might have irregular gaps or overlaps in your smile. In many cases, your cosmetic dentist can treat these issues with cosmetic veneers.

Evaluating Your Smile

If you’re concerned about the way your smile looks, talk to a cosmetic dentist about possible treatment options. Asymmetry in your smile can be treated in a variety of ways depending upon what about your smile detracts from its overall appearance. If your teeth are overly crooked or if there are large gaps between them, you might need orthodontic treatment. Cosmetic treatment might not be sufficient in this case to prevent long-term problems related to the positioning of your teeth. Be sure to discuss this possibility with your dentist to be sure you will see the best outcome.

However, if you have one or two teeth that look noticeably smaller than your other teeth, or if you have minor gaps or crowding, cosmetic treatment might be just what you need to improve the symmetry of your smile. One common approach is to use dental veneers.

Improving the Symmetry of Your Smile

Cosmetic veneers are a minimally invasive treatment that is versatile enough to address many causes of an asymmetrical smile. Veneers are made of very thin porcelain that is custom-made to match the shape and color of your teeth. If a tooth is much smaller than adjacent teeth, a veneer can disguise this fact. Veneers can also disguise small gaps and minor overlap. In other cases, dental bonding can help improve the look of a tooth that is proportionally smaller or irregularly shaped.

If you’re concerned about the way your smile looks, contact our cosmetic dentist about the best options for treatment. He will evaluate your smile, talk to you about your goals, and then determine the best course of action to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

Don’t Be Blindsided With A Dental Emergency

dental emergency ClearwaterA dental emergency can be stressful and even frightening. However, if you are prepared, you’ll be able to act more quickly and ensure a better outcome. By preparing for this type of emergency in the same way you would any other emergency or accident, you can improve your reaction and be sure any injuries are taken care of promptly.

What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency occurs whenever there is an injury to the mouth, teeth, or facial bones. In the case of this type of injury, you should respond with first aid just as you would with any other type of injury. If the injury appears to be serious, you should see a doctor or emergency dentist right away. In cases of less serious injury, you can make an appointment to see a dentist as soon as possible.

  • Common dental emergencies include:
  • Trauma due to a fall
  • Injuries incurred during a motor vehicle accident
  • Injuries incurred during contact sports
  • A broken filling or crown
  • A filling or crown that has fallen out

If you are injured because of a fall or an accident, you will probably need to see a doctor or dentist, depending upon the severity of the injuries. If there is excessive bleeding, excessive discomfort, or if there appear to be any broken bones, you should see a doctor right away.

Being Prepared for a Dental Emergency

You can be prepared for a dental emergency by having a first aid kit specially equipped to deal with this type of injury. This first aid kit should include:

  • Soft gauze to control bleeding
  • Toothpaste or a denture adhesive to hold crowns or broken fillings in place
  • A small cup you can fill with water or milk to preserve a knocked-out tooth
  • Antiseptic mouthwash
  • The phone number of your emergency dentist

If you keep these items and this information on hand at all times, you will be better equipped to handle an emergency if it occurs. With this type of preparation, you can ensure the best possible outcome.

Contact our office in Clearwater today to get more tips.

Do Dental Crowns Require Special Care?

dental crowns Clearwater FLDental crowns have been used for decades to save teeth that have been cracked, broken, or suffered from severe dental decay. For years they were made using metal or gold, but today many crowns are made from porcelain, which means your new restoration provides a much more pleasing aesthetic repair.

Porcelain is naturally stain resistant and your crown will be made to match the size, contour, and shade of surrounding teeth, thus making your dental crown virtually impossible to detect.

During your six month cleaning appointment, diagnostic x-rays are taken that may detect the need for a crown. If a dental crown is recommended, your dentist will anesthetize the area and will then file down the natural tooth. This leaves enough of the tooth so the crown can be securely attached. A dental impression is taken and sent to the dental lab where the crown will be made. A temporary will be placed on your prepared tooth to protect it until your crown is ready.

It takes about two weeks for a crown to be fabricated. Your dentist will try on your crown for fit and function. Small adjustments can be made chairside, if needed. When correct, the crown will be cemented into place.

You will be able to eat anything you wish, and even though your crown is securely in place your dentist may advise you against eating anything sticky like caramel to prevent dislodging your crown.

Dental crowns have many other purposes as well such as to seal a tooth following root canal therapy; as anchors for a fixed dental prosthesis; or as the final restoration for a dental implant.

No matter the reason for requiring a crown, caring for your new restoration is no different than what you do for all your teeth. Brush twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste and floss daily to remove what your toothbrush missed. Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning and dental exam.

With the proper care, your dental crown is designed to serve you well for many years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact our team at the office of Dr. Holloman today!

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