Woman with beautiful smileIt’s never too late to get a beautiful smile. Even if your smile has been seriously damaged by decay, trauma, or advanced wear due to a bad bite, reconstructive dentistry can give you an attractive, functional, comfortable smile.

This page describes some of the treatments available to give you an attractive smile, but the only way to know which ones are right for you is to talk to our dentist, Dr. Scott L. Rice. To talk to him about your beautiful smile, please call (949) 551-5902 or email Rice Dentistry today for an appointment.

Chipped, Cracked, or Broken Teeth

Your teeth can be damaged in many ways. Perhaps you were in a car accident or suffered some other trauma. Perhaps you used your teeth as tools, such as bottle openers or pliers. Perhaps you have a bad bite that subjected your teeth to extreme force. No matter the cause, your damaged teeth can be restored in many ways.

Chipped teeth can be corrected with dental bonding or porcelain veneers. Cracked or broken teeth that have become seriously weakened likely need dental crowns to protect and strengthen them.

Decayed Teeth

If you have not taken proper care of your teeth, decay may have attacked many of your teeth, which can weaken them and lead to infections in the tooth pulp.

If your teeth have significant decay, porcelain inlays and onlays are often recommended over other filling options because they can add strength. If decay is even more severe, you may need an endodontic treatment (also called a root canal), and then a dental crown will be used to strengthen and protect your teeth. In some cases of severe decay, it might be recommended that you have the tooth removed.

Missing Teeth

If you have lost one or more teeth, there are many good tooth replacement options. We offer FOY® Dentures, The Denture Fountain of Youth®, which are designed to support your mouth in the same way your natural teeth do, offering a much better fit and far more comfort than traditional dentures. If you have lost only one tooth with two good teeth on either side, a dental bridge is a good replacement option.

However, the best tooth replacement option is dental implants. Dental implants are structured like your natural teeth, and they look and function just like natural teeth. They also require no special care and can let you eat all your favorite foods again.

Bulimia Teeth Repair

Bulimia is an eating disorder that can badly damage your teeth. The binging behavior can include consumption of sugar-rich foods that feed oral bacteria, while the purging behavior exposes your teeth to erosive stomach acids. Damaged teeth remain a reminder of your disorder and can contribute to a poor self-image, which may increase your risk of relapse.

Bulimia teeth repair is an essential part of recovery from this disorder and can help you enjoy a happy healthy life after bulimia.

Reconstructive Dentistry to Correct Occlusion

During your consultation with Dr. Scott Rice, you can talk about potential causes for your problems, and Dr. Rice will offer solutions to ensure your new smile lasts as long as possible. We may recommend, for example, Invisalign or other orthodontic treatments to improve your bite to reduce bruxism or stress on your teeth.

Before and After Reconstructive Dentistry

Occlusion, the way your teeth come together when you bite, can destroy smiles over time. If you or a loved one have teeth that are worn and shorter than they used to be, this is a sign of malocclusion (a bad bite). Reconstructive dentistry has the ability to not only restore the worn dentition, but also to prevent future damage.

Crown Lengthening to Correct Gummy Smiles

If you have a gummy smile that you are unhappy with, we can help give you a smile that you can be proud of with a crown lengthening procedure. Depending on your particular situation Dr. Rice will recommend a course of treatment for you that will be a perfect solution.

Smile Makeovers Are Our Passion

Smile makeovers can truly change lives. We love to give our patients new confidence in their appearance and change the way that other people interact with them. More than that, we love to set our patients free from years of pain by correcting their bite with a reconstructive smile makeover. Dentistry is a powerful tool for change on a very personal level.

To talk to Dr. Rice about a beautiful smile makeover, please call (949) 551-5902 or email Rice Dentistry in Irvine, California today for an appointment to discuss reconstructive dentistry.