As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, and this couldn’t be more relevant when it comes to the care of your teeth. Are you approaching your thirties or in the middle of one of the best decades of your life? Now is the best time to invest in dental care and a range of dental procedures to keep those pearly whites in tip-top condition.
If you’re considering dental work, your thirties could be the best time to prevent unnecessary dental emergencies, which can be pricey!
In this blog, we highlight the top 8 dental procedures to consider during your best years – your thirties!
Our Top 8 Dental Procedures to Consider
Dental procedures available on the market today completely eclipse those possible 10-15 years ago. Procedures have advanced pretty significantly.Your future self will thank you for investing in dental care worth every single penny!
Here are our top dental procedures to consider:
1. Dental Fillings
One of the most common and affordable dental procedures you may have to consider is a dental filling, also known as a dental composite. Once you have a cavity, you’ll know all about it!
A certain tooth may ache as soon as it comes into contact with anything cold, you have difficulty chewing or experience dull, constant pain. These symptoms are when you know it’s time for a check-up at the dentist, and a dental filling may be in order.
Nowadays, hole or cavity repair is done with a material that resembles the natural color and consistency of your tooth. Long gone are the days of metal amalgam that darkens your teeth and is highly noticeable when smiling or laughing.
A composite resin is adhesively bonded to the wall of your tooth, creating a stable structure and natural finish.
2. Teeth Whitening
Whitening has become one of the most highly favored dental procedures, and an affordable way to brighten your smile!
During the years, your teeth go through the ringer. They are exposed to everything that goes into your mouth: food, hot drinks, cold drinks, alcohol, medication and not-to-mention, smoking.
During this time their natural color can be tarnished by plaque and debris build-up. Even if you are responsible teeth cleaner, the whitening of your teeth can go a long way to restoring your confidence.
Over-the-counter products and toothpaste are relatively efficient, but none more so than teeth whitening by a professional. A dentist will perform this procedure, pain-free. In under an hour, your pearly whites will be gleaming!
3. Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are a valid form of dental artistry used to substitute tooth enamel and cover up an assortment of dental imperfections. Essentially, tooth veneers are a thin, shell-like covers made from medical-grade ceramic, crafted to fit each tooth to its exact shape.
Dental veneers are ideal for solving some dental issues including crooked teeth, cracked tooth enamel and filling gaps between teeth.
This dental veneer is applied to the front of each tooth only, using a specialized dental adhesive.
4. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are also known as caps. They are used to completely cover a tooth which has been damaged by decay, displays cracks or is worn down by grinding.
Dental crowns are beneficial as they are used to stabilize teeth in place or hold together a cracked tooth. Typically, you would need a crown if a dental filling cannot replace enough of a decayed tooth. Crowns are also useful for covering up misshapen or discolored teeth which cannot be pulled.
Crowns are on the expensive end of the spectrum; however, they are known to last up to 40-years if good oral hygiene is maintained, including regular flossing.
Crowns look just like the rest of your teeth and are crafted from zirconia, porcelain or ceramic.
5. Dental bonding
This procedure is similar to receiving a dental filling, though a little more far-reaching.
Dental bonding is the ideal solution for repairing cracked, chipped and crooked teeth. It can also be used for reshaping teeth, adding length to teeth, improving the appearance of discolored teeth and protecting the root of a tooth due to gum recession.
During this procedure your dentist will use composite resin to shape and correct specific teeth, then use a specialized UV light to set the adhesive.
If you are looking for an affordable cosmetic fix for your teeth – dental bonding is the way to go.
6. Clear Orthodontics
Looking for a non-invasive way to straighten your smile and restore confidence?
Clear orthodontics, such as Invisalign, is one of the dental procedures that has been changing the lives of millions of Americans for a good few years now. Clear orthodontics is an excellent alternative to receiving traditional braces as you barely notice they are there.
Invisalign and other related products allow you to live your normal day-to-day life without the pain and hassle of metal braces. You can remove clear orthodontics at any time, allowing you the freedom to straighten your teeth without feeling extra self-conscious.
7. Dental Implants
If you’ve recently had a tooth pulled and are looking to fill the gap, dental implants are one of the best dental procedures.
Dental implants are incredibly beneficial as they help to prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting, due to a gap in your gums.
A small titanium screw is inserted into your gum. Then a crown is crafted and fitted to the titanium screw for a perfectly natural look.
Dental implants are indistinguishable from your other natural teeth. Once the surrounding bone fuses around the implant, they are secured in place, permanently. However, stringent oral hygiene is essential during the dental implant process to avoid infection of the area.
8. Dental bridges
If dentures are not quite yet an option for you, then a dental bridge is one of the best alternative dental procedures.
Dental bridges fill a space in the mouth where two or more teeth may be missing, attaching to your natural teeth on either side of the gap. They are highly effective in keeping the rest of your teeth in place and help to restore the full functioning of your mouth.
If you have been in an accident where you have lost multiple teeth at a time, a dental bridge can bring back the natural dazzle of your smile! A dental bridge is also far more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing than removable dentures.
Restore Your Confidence with Dr. Bainer
At the Smile Gallery in North County, California, we specialize in the art of excellent dentistry. We aim to restore your smile and confidence with top-of-the-line dental procedures and care.
Get in touch with the best-of-the-best, Dr. Bainer and book your appointment today!