Non-Cosmetic Reasons To Improve Your Smile By A Napa Dentist

February 12, 2024

Flaws in your smile aren’t just detrimental to your appearance. Did you know that it may be important for your long-term dental and oral health to fix your smile? Cosmetic Dentistry of Napa and our team of dental experts, under the leadership of Dr. Sasha Rozenberg, can help you plan the best way to improve your dental health and appearance. Whether you need treatments for stains, chips, cracks, crooked or uneven teeth, or even lost or missing teeth, we’re here to help.

Here are a few non-cosmetic reasons to improve your smile:

1. Ensure Teeth Wear Evenly

When teeth are not aligned properly, simply chewing can cause them to wear unevenly and lead to premature tooth decay and pain. An uneven bite can be the result of an overbite, underbite, jaw injury, crooked or missing teeth, or even an uneven crown or molding fit. This is a very common reason for excessive wear of teeth.

Excessive wear can easily lead to other more serious dental health concerns because it can expose your dentin, the sensitive and vulnerable layer under your enamel. Once dentin has been uncovered, it erodes more quickly than regular enamel.

If this issue is not treated, a person’s teeth can be worn down to their stumps.  When that occurs, only extensive cosmetic and restorative dental procedures such as bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, or even dentures can repair the issue.

2. Lower Risk of Gum Disease

Overcrowded or crooked teeth can cause you pain and risk your health. Teeth shift in your mouth and may become overcrowded when there’s no room for them to go. When teeth move too close together, they can crack or fracture. This crowding can be painful and, if left untreated, eventually cause infection due to the build-up of harmful bacteria.

Crooked, chipped, or broken teeth are also more difficult to clean. If teeth are not cleaned properly, plaque forms between them and along the gum line and begins to eat away at tooth enamel. Also, your gums can become infected and inflamed, swelling and drawing away from your teeth. This may cause your teeth to become less stable and result in tooth loss.

Connections have been made between progressive gum disease and an increase in systemic health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.

3. Improve Your Overall Health

As mentioned, periodontal disease, or gum disease, is linked to systemic problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and more recently, Alzheimer’s disease. The bacteria that infect the gums can travel throughout the bloodstream and cause problems in the brain and the rest of the body. Issues that may seem cosmetic, such as chipped or cracked teeth, an overcrowded mouth, or an uneven bite, have the potential to develop into more serious health problems.

Improve Your Smile With A Napa Dentist

Dr. Sasha Rozenberg is an experienced cosmetic and restorative dentist in Napa, CA, who offers a full suite of cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dental treatments. Schedule a visit with Cosmetic Dentistry of Napa by calling 707-257-7771 or by conveniently filling out our online contact form.

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