Most people hear the phrase “cosmetic dentistry” and immediately think of teeth whitening and other aesthetic treatments—and while the field of cosmetic dentistry does focus on improving the appearance of your smile, many cosmetic procedures can also improve your oral health. Continue reading for more information on the health benefits associated with cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Re-Establish the Function of Teeth
One of the biggest health benefits of cosmetic dentistry procedures is that they can re-establish the original function of your teeth and ultimately reduce the chances of early wear and tear. For example, porcelain crowns are not only used to cover extremely discolored or misshapen teeth, but can also be used to restore the functionality of cracked teeth, broken teeth, and teeth affected by decay.
Increase Tooth Stability
In addition to reestablishing the original shape and function of your teeth, cosmetic dentistry procedures can help restore the stability of teeth that have become chipped, fractured, broken, or weakened by the presence of a cavity. This not only improves the look of your smile, but also helps protect against further dental trauma. Cosmetic dentistry treatments can also be used to keep important restorations, such as dental bridges, in place.
Reduce the Risk of Jawbone Loss
Dental implants are considered both a cosmetic and restorative dental procedure. Unlike partial bridges and removable dentures, dental implants are inserted directly into the jawbone using a titanium replacement root, which integrates with your jaw through a process known as osseointegration. Because the replacement root is located within your jawbone, having a dental implant eliminates the risk of jawbone loss commonly associated with having a missing tooth or temporary dental appliances.
Whether you are interested in cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, or permanent denture replacement, the dentists with University Associates in Dentistry are here to help. We also offer the All on 4 dental implant procedure. Learn more about your treatment options by contacting our Chicago office at (312) 704-5511.