If you don’t like the way that your smile appears, you don’t need to live with it. You have a variety of cosmetic dental options out there to choose from so you can work towards the smile of your dreams. However, before you can move forward with cosmetic dental treatments, it is super important that your mouth is in good health. Continue reading to learn more from a cosmetic dentist about why all oral health problems need to be resolved before cosmetic work.
Why Do Dental Issues Need to Be Treated Before Cosmetic Work?
When you go to your cosmetic dentist for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, one of the first things they will do is take a look at your smile and evaluate the state of your oral health. Existing dental issues can be hidden or worsened by some treatments, so they are best treated beforehand. Your dentist wants you to feel confident about your teeth, but your oral health is still their number one priority when treating you.
What Dental Problems Need to Be Treated Ahead of Time?
There are all sorts of things that can get in the way of aesthetic procedures, but there are two in particular that require treatment before your cosmetic procedure. The good news is that both of them can generally be resolved within a few weeks or months’ time. This way, you can get back on track towards an enhanced smile. Here’s what your cosmetic dentist will lookout for:
- Decay: Most of the time cosmetic treatment needs to be put off, it is because the patient has a cavity or two that need to be addressed. Certain procedures simply can’t be completed safely if the teeth are damaged. For example, porcelain veneers can cover up decay and make it much more difficult to detect. In this case, patients might not even realize that they have any decay until it becomes much more serious and painful! Teeth whitening when you have a cavity means that the whitening agent will have a direct path to the sensitive nerves on the inner layers of the tooth, therefore causing excruciating pain and other issues.
- Gum disease: Nearly half of American adults over the age of 30 are dealing with some form of periodontal disease. When this is left to progress, this infection can lead to numerous different oral health issues, like gum recession, loose teeth, halitosis, tooth loss, and bone deterioration. It can even spread to other areas of the body and become life threatening over time. While there is an infection in the mouth, cosmetic work is simply not an option.
If you’re looking to get cosmetic dental work done, head to a dental checkup first. This way, you can be sure that your smile is ready to go!
About the Author
Dr. Ben Tindal eared his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Florida before obtaining his master’s degree and certificate in prosthodontics. Currently, he is a proud member of the American College of Prosthodontics, Florida Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and numerous other professional dental organizations. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry or to schedule an appointment at his office in Sarasota, visit his website or call (941) 225-2520.