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Why Do I Need a Healthy Mouth Before Getting Cosmetic Dental Work?

December 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — purpleplumdentistry @ 11:25 pm
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Ever since people figured out how to recognize their own reflections, they have fretted about how their smiles looked. Over the centuries, people have tried a wide variety of ways to make their teeth whiter, straighter, and prettier, and many of them would be considered rather terrifying by today’s standards. Luckily, a smile makeover involves treatments that can safely, effectively, and comfortably enhance a patient’s smile, but the patient’s mouth must be healthy first. Here’s why a patient must be in good oral health to receive cosmetic dentistry and how that can be achieved.

Why Are Cavities So Bad for Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are the open secret behind many flawless Hollywood smiles. They work by covering the face of the teeth to conceal flaws like cracks, chips, and stains, and while they are made out of durable materials, they need strong teeth to support them. If a tooth has a cavity and still receives a veneer, the cavity will only continue to get worse. The veneer will need to be removed and replaced for the cavity to be treated. If this decay is not resolved, the tooth and the veneer will be lost. Accordingly, any tooth decay must be corrected before veneers can be applied.

Why Are Cavities a Problem for Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening can put a pearly new sheen on teeth that have been stained or discolored, but the enamel layer will have to be strong enough to receive the treatment. Teeth whitening treatments use concentrated professional-grade whitening agents, and they can prove to be strong medicines. A cavity counts as an open, infected wound in your tooth, and exposing one to these harsh chemicals can result in damage to the tooth’s internal structure as well as a painful experience for the patient. You’ll have to have your cavities filled in before having your teeth whitened.

How Can My Teeth Be Made Healthy Enough for Cosmetic Dentistry?

Luckily, your dentist is well-trained and equipped to get your smile into a healthier state. This begins with a dental cleaning, during which your dentist will thoroughly examine and clean your teeth above and below the gumline. You may also require some fillings to resolve tooth decay or gum disease treatments. Once your mouth is structurally sound enough, you will be ready to receive and enjoy all the benefits of cosmetic dentistry.

About the Author

Dr. Anita Kianimanesh earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine in 2007 and has undergone additional advanced training through Spear Education. She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Her office in Falls Church, VA offers general, restorative, emergency, and cosmetic dentistry. For more information on what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, contact her office online or dial (703) 998-4244.

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