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If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, then you are already well aware of the cosmetic consequences tooth loss can have on your smile. But did you know that, if left untreated, even one missing tooth can lead to a dramatic decline in your oral and overall health? Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. Thanks to modern dental implants, it is possible to restore your mouth to optimal health, form, and function.
Lansing cosmetic dentist Scott Stone works with an outstanding local oral surgeon to provide implant dentistry of the highest standard to his valued patients. If you would like to regain the control and freedom you had with your natural teeth while significantly improving your oral health through dental implants, please contact Dr. Scott Stone at his Lansing office today.
Missing Teeth and Oral Health
When you lose one of your natural teeth, the most immediate consequence is a gap in your smile, perhaps along with increased difficulty with biting, chewing, and speaking. Many people, however, believe that the problems associated with tooth loss end there. Some don’t even visit the dentist after losing a tooth.
Unfortunately, when a tooth is lost, a number of adverse side effects are set into motion. The body interprets the loss of a tooth as a signal that the bone and gum tissue underlying that tooth are no longer serving any real purpose. As a result, these tissues fall into disuse and begin to degrade. In the meanwhile, the remaining natural teeth start to shift out of their optimal position toward the gap where the missing tooth was once located, leading to misalignment and problems with the bite. The entire mouth becomes more vulnerable to damage and infection, the latter of which can spread throughout the body over time. A single missing tooth can end up threatening a person’s health and, ultimately, life.
Thankfully for patients of our practice in Lansing, dental implants offer an opportunity to put their oral health back in order.
How Dental Implants Restore Oral Health
Dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots made of titanium. Aside from being extraordinarily strong and durable, titanium is not recognized by the human body as a foreign material. As a result, the body interprets the placement of the implant as a sign that the supporting gum and bone tissues are once again of use, and their degradation halts. In addition, there is no longer a gap for the adjacent teeth to move toward. The bite regains its strength, and the mouth retains its compositional integrity.
On a practical level, dental implants allow patients to eat, speak, and smile with ease and assurance once again.
At our practice in Lansing, dental implant benefits also include remarkable versatility (the titanium posts can be used to secure a single crown, a bridge, or an entire set of dentures) and durability (if cared for properly, dental implants can last for decades). Truly, dental implants are unrivaled in their ability to return the mouth to its optimally healthy state. Contact our practice to find out if you are a good candidate for treatment.
The goal of cosmetic dentistry is to provide patients with precisely the treatments they need to achieve the beautiful, symmetrical, healthy, and completely unique smiles they desire. For some patients, a subtle refinement may be all that is necessary to perfect their smiles, while others may require a more dramatic transformation. For both types of patients, and all in between, porcelain veneers may represent the ideal treatment solution.
At the Lansing cosmetic dentistry practice Smile by Stone, we offer porcelain laminate veneers of the highest quality to our valued patients. Porcelain veneers can be used to treat a single tooth that is discolored, cracked, misshapen, or otherwise aesthetically flawed, or they can be used on multiple teeth as the foundation of a stunning smile makeover. As with all treatments offered at Smile by Stone, our porcelain veneers are custom-crafted to satisfy the individual needs and goals of each patient.
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile and want to know whether porcelain veneers might be right for you, we invite you to read on and then contact Dr. Scott Stone at his Lansing dental practice today.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Ultimately, porcelain veneers – also known as porcelain laminates – are the most natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing method of concealing cosmetic imperfections in teeth currently available. Meticulously crafted from the finest grade porcelain, veneers are fabricated to precise specifications so that they blend seamlessly into a patient’s smile in terms of size, color, shape, and even texture. At our cosmetic dentistry practice in Lansing, laminate veneers can also be used as a sort of “instant orthodontics,” leading to a straighter smile and healthier bite. Once bonded to the front surfaces of teeth, porcelain veneers mask such flaws as stains, chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth.
Why Do Porcelain Laminate Veneers Look So Natural
Unlike any other material used in dental restorations, porcelain shares the light-reflecting properties of natural tooth enamel. Like natural enamel, porcelain is translucent, meaning that it allows some light to filter through its surface rather than simply reflecting all light. Porcelain can also be colored to look like natural teeth; patients who prefer to have only one or two veneers placed while leaving the surrounding teeth untreated don’t have to worry about their veneers appearing unnaturally white. It should be noted, however, that porcelain is highly resistant to staining, so many of our patients choose to have their surrounding teeth whitened and then have their veneers customized to match their newly rejuvenated teeth.
Alternatives to Veneers
For patients who are looking for an alternative to porcelain veneers, we also offer dental bonding at our practice in Lansing. Porcelain veneers are not reversible; they require the removal of a small amount of enamel before they can be bonded to the surfaces of teeth. Conversely, dental bonding involves the application of a composite resin material to the teeth and does not require substantial alteration of natural tooth matter. While dental bonding is not as durable or as natural-looking as porcelain veneers, it is less expensive and does produce outstanding results.
For side and back teeth that are cosmetically or structurally damaged, dental crowns will probably be the recommended treatment option.
Learn More about Porcelain Laminates
If you would like to learn more about porcelain laminate veneers at our practice in Lansing, please contact Smile by Stone today.