One misshapen tooth can be a problem for your smile, and it may even create issues for your oral health. Some individuals will have problems with teeth that look out of place because they are naturally misshapen, or because they are the wrong size. It is also possible for damage to make a once-attractive tooth look jagged or uneven. At our Santa Monica, CA dentist’s office, we are prepared to help you improve your smile, and your bite function, by making changes to the shape and size of a tooth. If the matter affects your oral health or ability to bite comfortably, a lifelike porcelain dental crown can have lasting value. A more conservative cosmetic dental procedure can also be effective in some cases.
A Jagged Or Uneven Tooth Can Be More Than Just A Cosmetic Issue
While it can be difficult to ignore the way a jagged or uneven tooth affects your smile, some attention should be paid to the way it can affect your oral health. If you are not able to evenly apply bite pressure, you may unknowingly ask too much of certain teeth. This can lead to wear and tear that weakens them and changes their appearance. Without corrective work, you may be more likely to need restorative dental work in the future. A problem with your bite function can also lead to unconscious changes in your jaw movement. That can tax the joints and muscles, leading to frequent bouts of discomfort and stiffness.
Restoring A Tooth With A Dental Crown
A porcelain dental crown can be custom-made to cover your flawed tooth. To ensure that it fits comfortably and remains in place, your restoration will be custom-made. While the porcelain material used to make crowns offers exciting cosmetic advantages, you can also be glad to know that it offers lasting support for your vulnerable tooth. As a result, you can maintain a natural bite function, as you can comfortably put pressure on your restoration!
Dealing With Relatively Minor Flaws That Affect A Tooth’s Shape
Not every problem with a misshapen tooth will demand restorative dental work. If the issue has only caused cosmetic problems for you, a dental veneer can be used instead of a crown. A veneer is designed to only cover the front of a tooth, so more of its natural structure is left untouched. This can provide lasting benefits for you if you are trying to improve on the symmetry of your smile, or want to hide cosmetic damage.
Our Santa Monica, CA Dentist’s Office Can Help Patients Restore Damaged Or Unsightly Teeth
At our Santa Monica, CA dentist’s office, individuals who are concerned about the shape, size, or health of certain “problem” teeth can come to us for treatment. To learn more about our services, please call Santa Monica Dental Arts at 310-395-1261.