When Should You Consider Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a specialized branch of dental care comprised of numerous procedures. Often people will seek cosmetic dental solutions even when their teeth are healthy simply because they aren’t happy with their appearance. If the condition of your teeth makes you reluctant to interact with people in the workplace or in a social setting, this can quickly begin to erode your self confidence. Lack of good self esteem can have a huge impact on everything from personal relationships to professional success Many people seeking cosmetic dental assistance have suffered an accident, injury or medical condition leaving them with teeth which are not aesthetically pleasing. Or perhaps they grew up in a household where dental hygiene was never a priority and as a result now have decayed misshaped teeth. Others are finally driven to consult a dentist because these oral traumas have made it painful to eat or drink. Obviously if rotten teeth and physical discomfort are present, these concerns need to be addressed as soon as possible. There are so many options, both long and short term, which can reduce a person’s pain making it much easier to take in nourishment as well as improve their physical appearance. Plus we now know tooth decay and periodontal disease have serious health ramifications and need to be addressed in a timely manner.

Ellis Dental is concerned with all your dental needs. We believe no one should ever experience dental pain and we also understand completely the correlation between a beautiful healthy smile and good self esteem. If you experience pain when chewing, drinking a cold or hot beverage, have a chipped tooth, are missing a tooth or have those old unattractive metal fillings please call us today at 314.965.1334 and let’s discuss how we can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

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Zirconia Crowns for the Best Smile Around

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Over the years crowns have been constructed from many different materials, some good and some not so good. Porcelain crowns look fantastic but if they chip or crack, they are very difficult, if not impossible, to repair. Ceramic crowns work well for people with metal allergies while metal crowns are definitely the most durable but aren’t aesthetically pleasing. The newest material choice for crowns these days is Zirconia. Crowns and bridges constructed from this material are extremely strong and can withstand the daily wear and tear we put our teeth through. From the biting motion of the front teeth to the biting/grinding of the back teeth, Zirconia crowns can handle it all.

The top priority when considering a crown is obviously your overall dental health. Generally crowns are recommended when dental restoration is required. For example, if a tooth is cracked or broken or if there is more filling that enamel in a tooth, then a crown is usually suggested.

Next the aesthetics of a crown needs to be taken into consideration. Zirconia looks so close to real tooth enamel in color it’s often difficult to tell the difference. It can be shaded to matching the surrounding teeth and a Zirconia crown also has the ability to reflect light the same as a natural tooth. This is important if the crown is on one of your front teeth.

Other positives of Zirconia crowns are they are corrosion free and there is no sensitivity to heat or cold typically felt with crowns made from other materials due to a lack of electrical conductivity. Plus the unattractive black often seen at the gum line when porcelain or metal is used doesn’t occur.

Please call Ellis Dental today at 314.965.1334 for more information on Zirconia crowns