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You Need A Healthy Smile, So You Need Restorative Dentistry [Blog]

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You know how you need to take care of things. Houses need repairs, cars need maintenance, and so on. That’s so you can get the most enjoyment out of things, but it also helps save you time and money in the long run. Sometimes, a little fix now can prevent needing a huge fix later.

That’s also true for your dental health, which is why you need to call The Smile Center today at 843-507-5219 (Murrells Inlet) or 843-507-5064 (Georgetown) and make a new appointment. Many problems like cavities start so small that you won’t notice it. But a thorough exam from Dr. Miller can help find what you need for a healthy smile — and before things get out of hand.

Whether it’s “just” a cavity or you need a tooth replaced, Dr. Miller has years of experience and training to restore your teeth.

Get These Benefits

In fact, here are four benefits you can enjoy through restorative dentistry treatments.

  1. A healthy smile can improve your body’s health. What happens to your teeth and gums can affect your overall wellness. For example, an infection inside a tooth can get into your bloodstream and cause widespread inflammation. And if you cannot chew without pain, you’re going to avoid healthy, raw vegetables.
  2. You’re more confident because your smile looks better. People with unsightly damage to their teeth (like cracks, chips, and worn edges) tend to smile less. That’s because they don’t want to show an unattractive smile. By correcting the damage, you can make your smile look so much better and gain some confidence.  
  3. Your teeth are better protected for the future. Damage to enamel just makes more damage likely. A worn spot, for example, can lead to a chip or break in the tooth. Restorative dentistry can repair the damage so the tooth is stronger and more protected.
  4. Your quality of life improves: When it hurts to chew, one of life’s great pleasures becomes annoying and stressful. Just knowing there’s a problem with your teeth can make you second-guess what you eat. But when your teeth are healthy and repaired, you can improve the quality of your life by reducing your stress and increasing your joy.  

Don’t forget that any damage in your smile will only get worse over time. No matter what, you still need to use your teeth to chew. That means a small, hairline crack in the enamel can continue to grow until you need to have that tooth removed. This is why you need to get a healthy smile; even minor damage can threaten your health if ignored for too long.

Strengthen Your Smile

Then what can you do about those problems? Dr. Miller has the combination of expert training and real-world experience to deliver restorative dentistry treatments that can help.

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings: Cavities are relatively easy to treat, but they can be hard to detect. That’s why Dr. Miller uses the DIAGNOdent system to find cavities in their earliest stages. When it’s time to treat them, you can enjoy tooth-colored fillings so the fix blends in with your smile.
  • Root Canal Therapy: If bacteria get through a crack in your enamel, they can infect your tooth. This causes a toothache, but it also slowly weakens the enamel and can lead to needing a dental extraction. Root canal therapy gently removes the infection to protect the tooth. And thanks to modern rotary endodontics technology, this treatment is more comfortable and fast than ever.
  • Dental Crowns: These are tooth-shaped caps that fit snugly over a damaged tooth. Each is shaped and colored to look like a healthy version of the tooth they fit over. They are great for large cavities, chips, cracks, and broken teeth because they also seal up such damage so it cannot grow worse over time. You can get crowns made from porcelain, composite, or even gold depending on your individual needs.
  • Dental Veneers: The great thing about this treatment is how it both repairs and beautifies your teeth. These ultra-thin but durable shells are bonded to the front of your teeth. Any damage there like a chip or worn spot will be sealed up so they gon’t grow bigger. But they are also hidden behind the shell which looks and feels like healthy enamel. As soon as they are placed on your teeth, your smile gets healthier and better looking.

Replace Lost Teeth

One of the most obvious problems with a smile is a dark space left by a missing tooth. Not only is it almost impossible to hide, it leads to more dental health problems. Without that tooth, the ones nearby will slide towards the gap, giving you a crooked smile. You can also damage the gums there, and it certainly does not look good!

That’s why you can get several ways to replace a lost tooth at either of our South Carolina dental offices:

  • Dental Implants: This is as close to regrowing the old tooth as technology allows. Here, a dental crown will be used as a replacement. It’s connected to an artificial tooth root (the implant) surgically placed in your jawbone. This helps keep the bone healthy, but it also gives the same strength and stability to the replacement as the rest of your teeth. A dental implant is the longest-lasting method of replacing a lost tooth.
  • Dental Bridges: However, there may be reasons why a dental implant is not for you, such as having a thin jawbone. That’s when a dental bridge can help. You still get a lifelike dental crown as the replacement tooth. Instead of oral surgery, the crown is held firmly in place by bonding it to the teeth on either side of the gap.
  • Dentures: What happens if you need a lot more than just one tooth replaced? A dental bridge requires teeth on either side, while it would be impractical to use so many implants. That’s why you can get modern dentures.

Call us today at 843-507-5219 (Murrells Inlet) or 843-507-5064 (Georgetown), or use our online form to make your next appointment. Wait too long, and what could have taken a little fix to correct can require something big and expensive. Besides, don’t you deserve to have a healthy smile?

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