When people smile, the most visible teeth are the front incisors and canine teeth. These teeth are also extremely important when it comes to biting into your food, forming words, and defining the shape of your lips. Therefore, when these teeth have issues due to damage or decay, extracting them is typically the last thing a dentist wants to do. Thankfully, modern-day dental services make it possible to mend damaged front teeth in a number of ways. Take a look at a few dental services you may want to consider if your front teeth are not in the best shape.
Dental bonding treatment involves using a composite material to correct problems with the teeth. Because your front teeth don't bear the brunt of stress when you chew your food, the material can be exceptionally well-suited for making certain repairs. For example, if you have a front tooth that is chipped, bonding material can be used in many cases to correct the problem. Additionally, having the composite material installed can mean the damaged area will be less vulnerable to decay.
Better known as root canal treatment, endodontic treatment involves drilling deep into the roots of a tooth to remove diseased tissue and restoring that material with a filling. Root canals are the top-recommended treatment for teeth that are severely decayed. And, the treatment can be highly effective on the front incisors and canines. If you have severe decay in your front teeth that reaches below the gum line, a dental services provider may recommend a root canal to restore the tooth.
Dental crowns are much like small synthetic caps that slip over remaining tooth material to restore the shape or size of the tooth. If you have a root canal and the rest of the tooth is damaged to a point that the tooth looks bad, the dentist may recommend placing a crown concurrently to fully restore the tooth. Dental crowns are a permanent fixture; the crown is custom-made to match your natural teeth and then cemented in place.
Dental veneers are a cosmetic dental treatment option that involves placing a thin sheet of either porcelain or composite material over the front of a tooth to correct its appearance. If some of your front teeth are discolored or misshapen but not decayed, veneers can be used to restore a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.