Are You Embarrassed to Smile?
It is important to feel great about your smile. Your grin is one of the first things that people notice about you, and smiling can even help boost your mood. Unfortunately, if you are embarrassed by imperfect, damaged, or missing teeth, you are far less likely to smile. You may even find that your overall self-confidence suffers, as well. Fortunately, at Maple Grove Dentistry, Dr. Russ Jensen, DMD, offers a variety of restorative treatments to improve your grin and self-esteem. Whether you have gaps in your smile, or you simply want to repair esthetically compromised teeth, we can find a treatment to meet your needs.
Custom Crowns for a Gorgeous Grin
Dental crowns are very versatile restorations, so Dr. Jensen can use them to achieve a variety of results. A crown can be a good option if you are struggling with any of the following health or cosmetic concerns:
- A cracked tooth
- A weakened tooth
- Dental erosion
- An extensive cavity
- An unusually shaped or disproportionately small tooth
- Internal discoloration
A crown will fully encase your tooth, coming down to the gum line. Therefore, Dr. Jensen will need to prep your tooth before placement. First, he will reshape your tooth. He will remove damaged tissue, and he will create a more stable base for your restoration. Dr. Jensen uses very gentle techniques. He will also numb your tooth before treatment, so you should experience minimal discomfort. However, if you are feeling anxious about your care, he can also provide oral sedation before your appointment.
Once your tooth is ready, Dr. Jensen will take impressions. He will send them to a top dental lab, so the technicians can create a restoration that blends naturally with your smile. Although crowns can be made from metal, we typically recommend porcelain or another tooth-colored material. Modern porcelain is almost as strong as metal, and your restoration will be virtually identical to your natural teeth. Once the crown is finished, Dr. Jensen will attach it to your tooth using composite resin.
Advanced Restorations to Replace Missing Teeth
Missing teeth are a major source of embarrassment. Luckily, Dr. Jensen offers advanced implant-supported restorations to replace those teeth and enhance your sense of confidence. Dental implants are small metal posts, which will take the place of your tooth roots. Through a precise oral surgery, Dr. Jensen will fix these posts in your jawbone and the bone tissue will seal around them. After they have become a permanent fixture in your mouth, he can attach a custom-made crown or bridge. You can even restore your entire smile with an implant-supported denture.
Implants offer many unique benefits. They are permanent and highly stable, so you will face few dietary restrictions, if any. They are also the only type of dental restoration that can prevent jawbone recession. Dr. Jensen is a member of the International Congress of Oral Implantology. Thanks to his advanced training, you are sure to enjoy long-lasting and stunning results.
Most patients will qualify for dental implants. Even if you have suffered jawbone recession due to missing teeth, a bone graft or similar procedure can restore your candidacy. However, there may be some other reason that you are not able to receive dental implants. For this reason, Dr. Jensen also offers custom-crafted dental bridges. These restorations are made of several crowns fused together. Like crowns, they come in many different materials, including tooth-colored porcelain. A bridge will fit over your nearby healthy teeth to restore your smile, dental function, and self-confidence.
Routine Care to Prevent Future Embarrassment
After your restorative treatment, it is vital that you maintain regular preventive care. At biannual visits, we can perform a routine cleaning to reduce your risk for decay and gum disease. These appointments can also keep your teeth in top cosmetic condition so you will feel great about your smile for years to come.
Contact Us and Feel Confident about Your Smile
With so many treatments to choose from, there is no reason to feel embarrassed about your grin. Schedule an appointment online to find out which option may be right for you, and visit our smile gallery to see what others have accomplished with us. You can also call 208-853-2221 for more information or to request a consultation.