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Something to Smile About

Caring for your oral health includes regular teeth and gum care. Neglecting your gums can eventually lead to periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), which can cause the deterioration of your overall oral health. Periodontal disease affects 75% of adults over 35 years of age and is responsible for approximately 70% of all adult tooth loss. Since symptoms of periodontal disease are mild, some people don’t realize their mouth is under bacterial attack until the damage has been done.

Highly recognized as a greatly progressive disorder, periodontal disease is triggered by preventable factors, like plaque buildup, tobacco use, certain medications, and stress, as well as unpreventable causes, like systematic disease and fluctuating hormone levels during puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. Research proves up to 30% of the population may be genetically susceptible to gum disease.

Periodontal disease begins when the bacteria in the sticky film that forms on teeth (plaque) causes gum inflammation. If this irritation is ignored, plaque will release toxins to break down the natural fibers that hold your gums to your teeth, permitting even more bacteria and toxins to invade. Plaque deposits quickly harden into calculus or tartar, which is a rough, porous substance that cannot be removed by brushing. Over time, this progression can lead to severe inflammation, bone loss, gum recession, and tooth loss.

Symptoms and signs include:

If you have noticed any of the above signs or symptoms, please call Smile Dental immediately to schedule a consultation and assessment. Together, we can win the battle against periodontal disease and maintain your beautiful, healthy smile.

From Dull to Dazzling: Enhancing Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Some people only visit the dentist for checkups or toothaches. However, dentistry is no longer reserved for preventive care and routine maintenance. Today’s dentists are artists, as well as doctors. Cosmetic dentistry seeks to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile that’s also healthy. Many doctors practice functional aesthetics, which means they’ll create a look that’s beautiful and functional through a combination of procedures that are uniquely chosen and designed to suit your needs.

Even patients who are meticulous about their dental care routines can have a less than spectacular smile. Drinking coffee, tea, or wine, smoking or chewing tobacco, and simply growing older can take a toll on your teeth, causing them to look dull and stained. Some medications can also cause discoloration. One easy, safe way to restore your smile is through teeth whitening.

Restorative and aesthetic procedures can be combined to create a smile that’s perfect for you. For instance, cracked, chipped, or unevenly spaced teeth can be made to look fresh and new with bonding or veneers. In fact, your dentist can even reshape your front teeth to create the smile you’ve always wanted. Crowns can restore function and beauty to teeth that are unstable, and all-porcelain crowns leave no dark lines at the gum so that your smile is able to maintain an all-white, natural beauty. Bridges or implants can replace missing teeth and restore the underlying structure that makes your face full and youthful. These dental procedures will not only give you a more beautiful smile, but they will also restore full oral function, as well as your self confidence.

If you are not satisfied with your smile and want to transform it from dull to dazzling, ask us about cosmetic dentistry. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of!

Smile Renovation

We’re rough on our teeth. How many times have you chewed on ice or played sports without wearing a mouthguard? If you also skip semi-annual dental appointments and neglect a rigid homecare regimen of brushing and flossing, you compromise your smile even further. People damage or lose teeth every day from injury, disease, or decay. A damaged tooth can destroy oral function and cause pain, and a missing tooth will leave a gap in your smile. Your mouth must compensate for the lack of chewing power when a tooth is missing, so the chewing force may move to another part of the mouth. This causes the remaining teeth shift out of place, which further damages your smile.

We always suggest taking care of your teeth throughout your life because preventive care can save you time, hassle, and money. However, when accidents happen, we’re here to offer solutions.

Simple dental procedures can restore your damaged tooth, replace your missing tooth, and return your smile’s natural, fresh beauty. A crown snugly covers the complete visible surface of a structurally unsound tooth to add strength and stability while also restoring the tooth’s natural shape and size. Crowns can be made of precious metal, porcelain pressed to metal, or all-porcelain. For damaged teeth, crowns restore beauty and function.

A bridge can actually replace missing teeth. Fused between two porcelain crowns, a bridge can replace one or more teeth to complete your smile. If you prefer a more stable and long-lasting prosthetic, a dental implant may be the more ideal choice. Dental implants closely mimic nature in that they start with a firm foundation – a titanium post precisely placed into the missing tooth’s socket. This post creates a prosthetic tooth root that directly bonds with natural bone tissue. On the top of the implant, we can place a beautiful, customized restoration that will look, feel, and function just like the rest of your natural smile.

The moral of the story is to be nice to your teeth, be diligent with your oral hygiene, and visit your dentist regularly. Your teeth are hard workers, but they’re also precious parts of your body that you should care for and respect as much as possible. However, if the damage is already done, see our Little Rock, AR team immediately. We can help you decide on the best treatment to restore your smile. Your teeth will thank you for it!

14810 Cantrell Road, Little Rock, AR 72223 USA
Todd Higginbotham, DDS Little Rock, AR dentist providing preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. (501) 673 - 3905