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Think about how many times per day you rely on your teeth. You use them to chew breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. You press your tongue against them to make certain sounds when you speak. There's really no doubt about it — your teeth are important, and they deserve your respect. You can pay them that respect by visiting your dentist for regular cleaning and checkup appointments. You should also call at the first sign of dental pain, tooth discoloration, or other oral health changes. Read more about dentists and dentistry here on this blog, where we dive deep into related topics.

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Four Procedures That Can Restore Your Smile

by April Myers

There are many reasons why you may not be happy with the appearance of your smile. Cracked, broken, decayed, worn down, and stained teeth can detract from your smile and may also be hazardous to your health. Even just cosmetic imperfections can make you feel self-conscious about your teeth and gums. The good news is that there are restorative techniques that can be used to improve the appearance of your smile and to prevent future issues with your oral health. Here are four restorative dental procedures that you may want to consider. 

Veneers

If you are dealing with a few cosmetic imperfections such as stains or chips, dental veneers are something that may work for you. Veneers consist of thin shells that are affixed to your teeth to change the shape, size, and color of the teeth. They are typically applied to multiple teeth, usually the front teeth, and are made out of porcelain or composite. Veneers are a fast and mostly non-invasive way to improve your smile. Veneers cost between $925 and $2,500 per tooth on average. They also last somewhere between 10 and 15 years. However, to attach a dental veneer, the enamel is removed from the tooth surface, meaning this procedure permanently changes your teeth.

Dental Implants

More people have missing teeth than you may realize. Millions of Americans have lost at least one tooth, and many are missing multiple teeth. The good news is that restorative dentistry can help. Dental Implants are one option for restoring missing teeth that you may want to consider. Implants are the most natural feeling and looking tooth replacement option available. Tooth implants are surgically inserted into the jaw, and then a replacement crown is affixed to the implant. The process can take anywhere from a few months to more than a year. Implants are also expensive, costing between $3,000 and $4,500 per tooth. 

Dental Contouring

If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your teeth, dental contouring may be the solution. Dental contouring is an excellent option if you need just a few small adjustments to your teeth since it removes a small amount of enamel to improve their appearance. If you have teeth with small cracks, or teeth that are pointed or slightly crooked, contouring can vastly improve their appearance. Dental contouring is also one of the more affordable restorative services costing between $50 to $300 per tooth. Contouring is also often used with other restorative dentistry services to create a more attractive and healthy smile.

Dental Crowns

Damaged, cracked, misshapen, or decayed teeth are good candidates for dental crowns. A crown consists of a cap that is placed on top of a tooth to restore both its size as well as its shape and color. Dental crowns are both an aesthetic solution for unattractive teeth and a solution for severely decayed or worn down teeth. There are different varieties of crowns, but porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are the most natural-looking options. Most dental crowns cost in the range of $500 to $2,000 per tooth. 

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, restorative dentistry services can help. Restorative dentistry seeks to create a healthy mouth in addition to improving the appearance of your smile. Many procedures can restore your smile. Dental veneers are a quick way to change the appearance of your teeth. For those who are missing teeth, dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement, and they look and feel like natural teeth. For those who want a few small adjustments, dental contouring is a fantastic option. Dental crowns are also often used to restore the health and the appearance of damaged teeth. Contact a clinic like AQ Denture and Dental Implant Center for a consultation.

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