If you’re living with overcrowded, chipped, or broken teeth, you might be considering cosmetic dentistry as a way to restore your smile. Believe it or not, there are reasons why correcting these cosmetic problems goes beyond just aesthetics. In many cases, repairing your smile can actually benefit your oral and overall health!
Dr. Donald J. Alexander and Dr. Michael M. Greenburg are Jacksonville, FL dentists offering advanced cosmetic dentistry to patients looking to improve their appearance and oral health. Learn more about the benefits to cosmetic dentistry.
Reduce Your Risk of Gum Disease
Crooked or overcrowded teeth may be a sign of a problem beneath the gum line. Teeth can become overcrowded if there’s not enough room for them to move around, especially if there is underlying jaw bone loss. Overcrowded teeth can crack or fracture, leading to pain and infection.
Crooked, broken, or overcrowded teeth are also more difficult to clean. Plaque can easily and quickly form between teeth and along the gum line, eroding tooth enamel and eventually leading to cavities.
Ensure Your Teeth Wear Evenly
A common cause of oral health problems is unevenly worn teeth. Teeth are designed to be aligned a certain way in the mouth to prevent them rubbing against each other. If they are crooked or overcrowded, or there is a problem with your bite, your teeth may wear unevenly.
Excess tooth wear can damage teeth and expose the sensitive layers beneath the enamel, which cause pain when exposed. If left untreated, teeth can wear down to their stumps, which may require crowns, root canals, bridges, dentures, or implants.
Improve Overall Health
Gum disease is linked to overall health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s. An uneven bite, fractured or overcrowded teeth, or even missing teeth can lead to gum disease simply due to the fact that they are more difficult to clean. Correcting what seems like a cosmetic problem can actually keep your body healthy.
Improve Your Smile in Jacksonville, FL
Drs. Alexander and Greenburg offer many different types of restorative dentistry to help you achieve your cosmetic and oral health goals. Contact us for a consultation online or by phone at 904.901.4302 today!