Tooth Restorations That You Can Get In Order To Have a Wonderful Smile
After getting your tooth damaged or lost, the first thing that you will be concerned about is how to get your tooth back. The matter of fact is that there is no way to get a natural tooth grown into the place of a lost tooth. However, there are some ways you can get your smile restored.
Tooth restoration options are available for damaged and lost teeth. Having that said, it would be worth mentioning how tooth restoration can help you.
The immediate and obvious benefit of getting your tooth restored is that you are going to have your smile back after your tooth or teeth get damaged due to injury or tooth decay. However, it is not just the aesthetics that you are going to get restored. We all know how important the teeth are for oral and dental health. Damaged or lost teeth can cause a number of oral and overall health issues. So, it is pretty easier to conclude that you are going to get the oral and overall health benefits if you manage to get a well-functioning tooth restoration.
So, the most common tooth restorations are worth mentioning in this regard.
When you get your tooth or teeth damaged due to tooth decay or minor injury, the type of restoration that can truly fulfill your requirements is the dental filling. Typically, there are two main steps involved in the procedure of dental filling. In the first step, the decayed portion of your tooth is going to be removed. You can term this step as disinfection of the tooth. After the tooth is disinfected, the tooth will then be filled either with amalgam or composite filling. This entire process usually completes in a single dental visit.
Crowning of the tooth is referred to as a process which involves covering the severely damaged portion of the tooth to give it back the looks and functionality it requires. Crowns are usually so strong that they can endure normal to intense biting without getting damaged. Crowns are typically required when cavities or damages are too big for the filling to cover. Obviously it is going to be more expensive than filling. Moreover, you will need to visit your dentist twice for the crown to be fitted on your damaged tooth.
The minor chips and fractures of the teeth may be easier to deal with but they are not less dangerous in any way. The reason I said dealing with the chips and cracks is easy is due to the process called dental bonding. Dental bonding involves application of composite resin which is colored to match with that of the natural teeth. After the dental bonding is done, the dentist will polish it to prevent future staining.
Veneers are applied for the purpose of improving the looks of your smile. Most typically, the veneers are attached to the front teeth which do not receive much of the chewing task. Dental veneers are made of porcelain. They can be used to improve the looks and cover the cracks or chips on the front teeth.
The final kind of dental restoration is the dental implant. After you lose a tooth or get it extracted, you can end up getting other teeth weakened as they do not get support due to empty area left by the missing tooth. Dental implantation is the process of restoring a missing tooth by inserting a metal root which is called implant. On the top of the implant, a crown is fixed. Dental implants do not only restore the looks but they also restore the functionality of the tooth.
Phonetic Use of Your Teeth
Teeth are one of those parts of our body that we don’t actually think about until something is wrong with them. You know, once you get a toothache or a cavity or you bite your tongue, then you pay them some mind and realize they’re actually “there.” But without pain or some sort of malady, you don’t actively pay attention to the fact that you have literal bony material in your mouth used for chomping, cutting, grinding, and speech.
And yes, I said speech. Never really realized how important your teeth was for speech, did you? I mean, surely you’ve heard of the fact that without a tongue, you’d be almost incomprehensible to anyone who happened to be listening to you when you speak.
But teeth. Oh yes. They also do a lot for your speech patterns. And we’ll start off with the first thing that they do.
Holding your tongue in place.
This probably slipped your mind too. When your tongue is at rest, it’s nestled perfectly between your bottom teeth. And when you speak, well, the tongue is still corralled between the molars and canines to allow you to really enunciate different vowels and consonants.
However, without teeth, your tongue would be looser and harder to control. In fact, the tongue as a muscle would likely be bigger or bulkier simply because it was “stronger” from holding itself in place. But your speech would almost certainly be a lot more across the board in terms of consistency. And it would require more focus and attention to get across your point than if you had teeth to hold the tongue steady.
Producing certain sounds.
Say the word fun. Now say the word thing. How about the word live? Valentine’s?
You couldn’t do any of those without teeth. The words fun and Valentine’s rely on your teeth to hold onto your lips to pronounce any sounds beginning with F and V.
They also are responsible for any words beginning with Th because the tongue becomes lodged between the teeth while air passes by it to make the “th” sound. (Honestly, try to say “th” without your tongue between your teeth.)
And finally, any words with L in them require your tongue to be pressed up against the backs of your teeth (usually the top, but it’s possible to do it with the tongue against the back of the bottom row of teeth).
What does all of this go to show? Well, it’s simply to remind you of how important your teeth are. So take care of them if you want to be able to eat and speak normally down the road.