Have you considered restoring your smile because of crooked, overcrowded, chipped or broken teeth? Have you hesitated because they are cosmetic problems with little effect on your overall health? You might be surprised to learn that there are some issues that actually affect your oral and overall health. Dr. Datta Malyavantham is an experienced dentist in Sterling, VA who can help restore and preserve your smile.
Ensure Teeth Wear Evenly
Your teeth are aligned on top of each other in your mouth in a very specific way, and if they are out of alignment, you could risk uneven or excess wear on parts of the teeth. Excess wear can erode enamel and expose sensitive and vulnerable tissue underneath, which could cause premature tooth decay and pain.
A common cause for excess tooth wear is an uneven bite, which could be the result of an underbite, overbite, crooked or missing teeth, a jaw injury, or even an uneven molding or crown fit. If left untreated, you could eventually wear teeth down to their stumps, which requires extensive dental treatment to repair.
Decrease Your Risk of Gum Disease
Crooked or overcrowded teeth may be the result of a deeper problem beneath the gums. While there may not be anything wrong on the surface, it’s important to at least have your dentist perform X-rays and an exam to determine why teeth are growing crooked. Over time, teeth may become overcrowded and become difficult to clean, or there may be a problem beneath the gums that you can’t see.
Crooked, chipped, or broken teeth are also difficult to clean. If teeth are not cleaned properly, plaque will 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 is linked to systemic health problems.
Improve Overall Health
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 lead to gum disease simply due to the fact that they are more difficult to clean. Correcting what seems like a cosmetic problem can actually keep your body healthy.
How to Improve Your Smile
Dr. Datta is a highly trained dentist who offers conservative, effective treatments to address your dental concerns and help restore your smile. Schedule a complimentary consultation with our office in Sterling today!