A reconstructive dentist provides restorative care for patients with oral care concerns that affect the health, appearance, and function of their teeth, gums, and jawbone. The focus in reconstructive dentistry is often on achieving optimal oral health, but there can be cosmetic benefits as well.
The cosmetic benefits of visiting a reconstructive dentist
A reconstructive dentist helps patients with their smiles by replacing missing teeth, repairing damaged teeth, improving gum health, addressing alignment concerns, and treating TMJ and other jaw-related issues. The following is a more in-depth review of the cosmetic benefits of visiting a reconstructive dentist.
Tooth replacement is a primary part of reconstructive dentistry. There are several treatment solutions that may work well for patients looking to replace one or more missing teeth, including dental implant restorations and removable dentures. Tooth replacement in reconstructive dentistry provides the patient with a complete and attractive smile.
Repairing damaged teeth
A reconstructive dentist can also treat damaged teeth, including cases where the teeth are severely damaged. Of course, if teeth are loose and unable to be properly secured, extraction and tooth replacement may be necessary. However, many instances of damaged teeth can be repaired and the smile can look great once again through treatments such as dental crowns, tooth-colored fillings, dental veneers, root canal therapy, and more.
Improving gum health and appearance
A reconstructive dentist can also treat concerns related to the appearance and health of gums. Common periodontal treatments that can improve gum health and appearance that a reconstructive dentist may offer include gum contouring, gum grafting, and gum regeneration. A pocket reduction procedure can help prevent the loss of teeth, as well. In general, a reconstructive dentist deals with gum recession, uneven gums, a “gummy" smile, and other periodontal concerns that can affect the appearance of the gums.
Addressing alignment concerns
Many reconstructive dentists also address teeth and jaw alignment concerns that pose a cosmetic issue for the patient. Treatments that may help with an improper alignment include orthodontic treatments such as clear aligners and braces and cosmetic solutions such as porcelain veneers or laminates. For jaw misalignments, the best option is likely orthodontic treatment, whereas there may be more options available for addressing minor-to-moderate teeth alignment and spacing concerns.
Dealing with jaw-related issues
As mentioned, a reconstructive dentist may be able to help patients with their appearance by address jaw alignment concerns. However, they may also provide additional jaw-related treatment that can have an impact on appearance, such as TMJ disorder. For TMJ disorder, for example, a reconstructive dentist may recommend a dental nightguard or corrective jaw surgery (if non-surgical options are unsuccessful).
Find out more about reconstructive dentistry
Our team is available to answer your questions or concerns. We can also schedule a consultation visit for reconstructive dentistry on your initial call. During your first visit, we can discuss your cosmetic goals and help you put together a treatment plan that works for you.
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