Not all oral health concerns create highly noticeable impacts to your smile’s appearance. For instance, conditions like tooth decay and gum disease may not become visibly obvious until they’ve reached their more severe stages. However, when a tooth is damaged or its visible structure is compromised, the impact is often visible. One of the reasons why modern dental restorations are designed to be more lifelike in their appearance is to address this impact and restore your confidence in your smile. However, restorations that are designed to mimic your healthy, natural teeth more closely are often more beneficial to your teeth and oral health in several other, more important ways.

The healthy, natural design of your tooth

Healthy, natural teeth are designed to function optimally in several different ways. For example, their proper alignment and position along your dental ridge allows them to absorb your bite’s pressure repeatedly throughout the day without sustaining extensive wear or damage to their chewing surfaces. When your tooth is damaged in a way that impacts the size, shape, contour, or integrity, it’s important to restore it in a way that reestablishes its healthy, natural design in order to maintain its ability to function along with your other teeth.

The biocompatibility of modern restorations

Modern dental fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, and other restorations are often designed to mimic healthy, natural teeth in as many ways as possible. For teeth that are damaged or decayed and require a restoration to their crown structures, the right treatment can mimic the specific color and shade of the tooth’s structure in order to blend in discreetly with the tooth’s appearance. The materials used to create more lifelike dental restorations, such as composite dental resin and customizable dental porcelain, are also more biocompatible in the way they interact with the structures of your other teeth when you bite and chew.

The preservation of your healthy tooth structure

The goal of restoring a tooth isn’t just to repair it, but also to preserve the healthy, natural tooth structure that it still retains. Creating and placing the right customized, lifelike dental restoration can help you accomplish this by restoring the tooth’s strength and integrity when you bite and chew, and reestablishing the tooth’s ability to absorb your bite’s pressure. By restoring the tooth in a more lifelike and biocompatible manner, we can help you preserve more of the tooth’s structure and help reduce the risks of it being compromised even more in the future.

Benefit from a lifelike, custom dental restoration

In addition to looking more like healthy, natural teeth, dental restorations can also improve your oral health better when they’re designed to be more lifelike. To learn more, schedule an appointment with us by calling Dreem Dentistry in Leawood, KS, today at 913-681-5500. We also serve patients who live in Overland Park and all surrounding communities.