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Benefits of fixing your smile


woman's smileAt Pine Belt Periodontics, PLLC, we have patients consult with us for aesthetic reasons, and restorative reasons, both of which are important and offer benefits. Whether you are seeking a professional look with a smile that can light up a room, or to improve your oral health, we have treatments that can help.

Some of the most commonly asked questions include:

Can an Improved Smile Change My Look?


Yes! Your smile and how it looks alters the entire look of your face. This answer goes both ways, someone with teeth that are unsightly are noticed just as often as teeth that are beautiful but with dramatically different reactions. Improving the look of your smile doesn’t have to be time consuming. Ask us about fast and simple treatments such as teeth whitening, dental bonding and veneers. You may find that you are just one appointment away from a drastically different, and even more youthful look.

Is Missing Just One Tooth a Problem?


Often, when a patient loses one tooth to decay, breakage, or injury, they will ask if it’s really necessary to replace it. Though the loss of one tooth seems insignificant, it can be very problematic. Unlike an orthodontist removing a tooth to create space, a missing tooth leaves space for neighboring teeth to shift in an uncontrolled manner. Left unguided, teeth rarely, if ever, move in a way that is beneficial. Other problems include chewing unevenly, often favoring the other side, creating additional wear. The best solution is to fill the space with a replacement tooth. This can be done with a dental bridge, or a dental implant and crown.

I Have Pain in a Tooth, If I Ignore it, Will it Go Away?


Adults are busy, and they frequently hope that disturbances such as tooth pain will simply go away. Unfortunately, small problems that are ignored often turn into large problems that become painful enough that they can’t be ignored. This turns a simple office visit into an emergency visit. Scheduling regular dental visits can help time efficiency with catching small problems before they become big problems. A small carie, or cavity, can extend into the pulp and infect the inner portion of a tooth. When the pulp of the tooth is infected, a root canal therapy procedure is necessary as an attempt to save the tooth. Without it, the tooth will die and could infect neighboring teeth as well. Protecting your oral health from disease is important.

Do I Really Need to See the Dentist Twice a Year?


In general, we ask to see our patients twice a year for a dental cleaning and checkup. This time is extremely important to your oral health. We assess your plaque levels, look for the presence of gum disease through tracking and measuring your gum pockets, and look for any trouble spots. Most importantly, we provide our patients with oral health education, which may include tips for better brushing, and the importance of improved oral health. Your checkup appointment is good for your oral health and your overall health.

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