How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help with Tooth Decay?

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Tooth decay occurs when bacteria infects a tooth. Left untreated, this can lead to severe damage, which can result in a lot of pain and might require the removal of the affected tooth. 

We all know that a good cosmetic dentist can bring you a beautiful, brilliant smile. But did you know that cosmetic dental procedures like dental veneers can also help prevent tooth decay and boost your overall dental health?

There’s no doubt that a beautiful smile can bring you added confidence and improve your quality of life, but cosmetic dental procedures can also serve a restorative purpose. And thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry techniques and materials, you can take your pick from a wide range of treatments (from dental veneers to gum reshaping and everything else in between) to experience a variety of dental health benefits.

Let’s take a look.

Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Treatments and How They Can Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Dental Veneers

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These thin porcelain layers don’t just make your teeth look white, straight, and even. Dental veneers can also modify a tooth’s irregular shape, and fill in minor gaps, cracks, and chips.

By giving your teeth a more uniform shape and size, veneers reduce hard-to-reach areas where tooth decay can fester – thus boosting your dental health.

Dental Implants

Missing teeth don’t just wreak havoc on your confidence. They can also affect your ability to eat and speak properly.

Furthermore, gaps can make your remaining teeth shift to the empty space and later on cause the jaw bone to atrophy due to the reduced stimulation and stability.

The most advanced implants typically include titanium posts that are surgically implanted right onto the jaw bone to act as a prosthetic root, thus stimulating the jaw and allowing you to achieve – and retain – optimal dental health.

Gum Contouring 

This treatment is generally used to improve the look of a “gummy smile,” where excess gum tissue can make the teeth look short. 

However, removing the extra gum tissue also gives bacteria less places to hide in your mouth, thus preventing gum disease and tooth decay.

Lastly, gum contouring also makes brushing and flossing a lot more effective.

Teeth Straightening

Crowded teeth are a lot trickier to keep clean. As with gum contouring, teeth straightening procedures like braces or Invisalign can correct this – and make it a lot easier to brush and floss, thus greatly lowering your risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Sure, chipped teeth, excess gum tissue, and a crooked bite can be a huge pain, but these can be easily fixed with the right cosmetic dental procedures. And sometimes, achieving a perfect smile in the process is just a bonus compared to optimal dental health. 

At Dentistry by the Bay, our team of cosmetic dentists and dental care professionals have been using the most advanced technology and techniques to provide the best dental and periodontal care for our clients in Petoskey, MI for years. 

We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dental procedures to enhance your smile and help treat or prevent tooth decay so that you can enjoy healthy, beautiful teeth for many years to come.

Call our office today to book a consultation.