What Is Your Plan For Keeping Your Teeth?
With today’s dental technology, there is no need end up in dentures. However, the truth is that unlike your skin, teeth do not heal themselves. Once your teeth have begun to decay, the damage created will only become worse. That is why it is so important to catch small problems before they get out of control.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Restorative Care
At McKinney Smiles, we offer cosmetic dentistry and restorative care provided by our premier dentist Dr. Paul Lawrence. Our dental hygienists not only clean teeth, they help McKinney dentistry provider Dr. Lawrence catch your cosmetic dentistry and restorative treatment needs before they get larger. And the good news is that we can stop the harmful effects of decay and save you time and money, as well as help prevent unwanted pain in the future.
Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing helps to remove the plaque and tartar that stick to your teeth if left for 24 hours. Left unchecked and uncleaned by a dental hygienist, this buildup can cause decay in your teeth and wears down one or more surfaces of the tooth. When this is very small, we can fix this with a filling. At this point, the treatment cost is very low and the integrity of the tooth can be preserved. If, however, no treatment is completed to fix this situation, the tooth will deteriorate to where a filling is no longer an option.
Crowns and Extractions
Crowns are the next option for saving your tooth, and saving your tooth not only makes sense physically, but also monetarily. Although sometimes an extraction is necessary, removing otherwise healthy teeth creates a void in the bite, creating a larger space for plaque, tartar and food items to get stuck, and because teeth want to close together, other more healthy teeth will shift and move and can fall out as a result.
Bridges and Implants
The only options to prevent the loss of these healthy teeth is to close the gap with a bridge, which is essentially 3 or more crowns fused together, or an implant, which screws straight into the bone. So you can see, that at the end of all things, simply extracting a tooth, is not so simple when you look at the long term effects. You can keep your real teeth for life, and we can help you.