If you’re coping with crooked, overcrowded, chipped, or broken teeth, you might be considering restoring your smile. But beyond cosmetic appeal what are the reasons to fix your teeth? You might be surprised to learn that some problems that seem merely cosmetic actually affect your oral and overall health. Dr. Kanning and Dr. Tippin of Kanning Dental are an experienced dentists in Lawson MO who can help restore and preserve your smile.
Decrease Your Risk of Gum Disease
Overcrowded or crooked teeth may be indicative of a deeper problem beneath the gums. Teeth can move around in the mouth, and become overcrowded if there’s nowhere for them to go. When teeth move too close together, they can crack or fracture. This can lead to pain or infection if not promptly treated.
Crooked, chipped, or broken teeth also make it more difficult to brush properly. If teeth are not cleaned effectively, plaque can build up and begin to erode enamel and gums, which could cause them to become infected and teeth to be less stable. Progressive gum disease has been linked to systemic health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.
Ensure Your Teeth Wear Evenly
If your teeth are not aligned properly, they will wear unevenly over time and this will cause premature tooth decay or pain. A common cause for excessive tooth wear is an uneven bite, which could be the result of an overbite, underbite, a jaw injury, crooked or missing teeth, or even an uneven crown or molding fit.
Excessive wear of the teeth can lead to several more serious dental health concerns because the more sensitive layers of tissue under the enamel, called the dentin, can be exposed. Dentin erodes even faster and more painfully than enamel once it has been exposed. If a problem like this is left untreated, a person’s teeth can be worn down to stumps. Only extensive restorative dental procedures such as bridges, crowns, root canals, implants or even dentures can remedy the issue.
Improve Overall Health
As mentioned previously, gum disease is linked to overall health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and even Alzheimer’s. An uneven bite, fractured or overcrowded teeth, or even missing teeth can readily lead to gum disease due to the fact that they are more difficult to clean properly. Correcting what seems like a cosmetic problem can actually keep your body healthy.
How to Improve Your Smile
Dr. Kanning and Dr. Tippin are experienced dentists who offer many different types of conservative, effective treatments to fit your needs. If you’re in the Lawson MO area, call (816) 974-4721 or schedule a consultation online with our office today to keep your smile healthy and your confidence high!