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Cosmetic Dentistry is more than just Cosmetic

Creating a beautiful smile with cosmetic dentistry can be a positive life-changing experience. Your smile is your signature; a sign of happiness, confidence and success. When considering cosmetic dentistry, as an option, most patients only think of the enhancements to their appearance. However, a straight and sincere smile is more than just cosmetically significant, it is imperative to your oral health.

Consider the impact of a single lost tooth. One lost tooth can change the aesthetics of your mouth by throwing off the alignment of your entire smile and may be enough reason to consider a cosmetic dentistry procedure. However, most patients will not consider that the health of your entire mouth is now at risk. Since the missing tooth is no longer available to help support surrounding teeth, they'll begin to lean toward the gap. This will ultimately create overlapping areas that are hard to clean, potentially leading to other oral health issues. Lastly, misaligned teeth can also affect your bite and cause tooth erosion, jaw pain, and headaches. The dental procedure needed to restore the mouth described may fit the cosmetic dentistry definition, but more importantly, it will significantly improve the oral health of the patient.

Prosthodontists:  The Specialists in Restoring Smiles

Missing and broken teeth can severely impact an individual’s confidence, personal relationships, job prospects, and overall health. Fortunately, there are dental specialists uniquely qualified to help restore these smiles--prosthodontists.

Prosthodontists specialize in the restoration and replacement of missing or broken teeth. They utilize prosthetic solutions including dental implants, dentures, and veneers to help patients improve their oral health and ultimately their quality of life.

If you had a heart problem, you would go to a cardiologist, a doctor specializing in your heart health needs. The same is true for missing or damaged teeth, you need a specialist, a prosthodontist.  With three to four years of additional training beyond dental school, prosthodontists are prepared for the most complex oral health issues.

Whether you need to replace one tooth, or many, a prosthodontist works with you every step of the way, from consultation to follow-up, restoring your smile and confidence.

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