Dental Options for Common Smile Problems

Dental issues run the gamut, but some will cause permanent damage to your smile if you don’t take action. When your teeth become that far gone, your prospects for being able to smile confidently any time soon are grim. You are meant to have a full set of permanent teeth. Unlike other species, we don’t grow new teeth when we lose them as adults. There are many ways in which you could end up disappointed with the way your smile looks. Cavities, gum disease, cosmetic problems, misalignments – all of these things can greatly lower your quality of life.

Restorative Dental Procedures

Luckily, there are solutions to every dental issue. Have cavities taken a toll on the health of your teeth? Are you one of the many Americans who has periodontal (gum) disease? Once severe problems like these take hold, eating, chewing, and speaking can become difficult. Severe periodontal infection is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Treatment of gum disease is imperative for keeping a healthy mouth. To treat cavities, tooth-colored fillings and dental crowns are often used. When teeth fall out or have to be extracted, bridges, dentures, and dental implants turn an incomplete mouth into one full of healthy, strong teeth.

Simple Cosmetic Dental Procedures

If you have a diastema issue (gaps between teeth) or your teeth are slightly, but noticeably, crooked, a simple cosmetic procedure is available to provide you with great results. Dental bonding utilizes the same material designed to fabricate tooth-colored dental fillings. This material is called composite-resin. If you are a heavy coffee drinker or tobacco user who has started to become disheartened by the dullness or stains so visible on your teeth, you may consider professional teeth whitening. Whitening can erase years of stains from your smile, giving you a vibrant and youthful appearance.

About Your Cerritos Oral Surgeon:

Shawn Hofkes, DDS, is highly qualified to address complex issues, including the placement of dental implants. He can also help improve the beauty of your smile with extractions and oral surgery. To schedule your appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Cerritos, Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and all surrounding communities.