If you're suffering from the advanced stages of gum disease, and you're going to be losing your permanent teeth as a result, you may be considering dental implants. Dental implants provide a multitude of benefits, including the fact that they're a permanent replacement for your missing teeth. However, the decision to have dental implants shouldn't be entered into lightly. Because the procedure requires surgery, you'll need to make sure that you're fully prepared.
Dental professionals provide important in-office care to help ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy. Still, restorative and preventive treatments alone do not sufficiently protect your oral health. The dental care that you provide to your mouth at home is also important. As a result, dentists offer advice to help ensure that your teeth and gums receive proper care even when you are away from the dental office.
Here are a few homecare suggestions that dentists offer to keep your mouth in great shape.
If a small issue in your smile makes you self-conscious, consider dental contouring. It's a noninvasive cosmetic dentistry procedure that removes small amounts of enamel from your teeth in order to give them the perfect shape.
A cosmetic dentist uses a small diamond bur to carefully grind away very small (usually less than a millimeter in depth) portions of enamel from your tooth to make it more even. This procedure is painless because the pulp of your tooth is never touched and your enamel does not feel pain.