Despite the fact that the United States offers the best dental care in the world, the number of citizens with missing teeth, untreated tooth decay, and missing teeth is shocking. Dental research shows that at least 30 million Americans have at least on missing tooth in one of their jaws. Of course, mentioning “one or both jaws” is unnecessary – since every human tooth is located in either the upper jaw or lower jaw – but the statistic itself is still pretty hard to believe.
If you are one of the millions of Americans with a less-than-stellar “smile,” at least today’s cosmetic dentistry cost gives you an opportunity to improve it. Actually, contemporary dental cosmetic surgery can do a lot more than improve your smile, the cutting-edge mini dental implants, full dental implants, and porcelain laminate veneers can give you several tooth replacement options that are incredibly realistic.
Although most people consider dental cosmetics as a later historical development, humans have been striving to improve the aesthetics of their teeth centuries before Benjamin Franklin was sporting his sexy wooden dentures. While the tale of Mr. Franklin’s wooden teeth is complete myth, the stories about the seventh century Mayans pounding shells into the gums of women with missing teeth is a fact.
Not too long ago the options for people with missing teeth were pretty limited. For the most part they had to choose between bridges and removable dentures. Both were far from ideal. Bridges were bulking, uncomfortable, and difficult to clean, while the disadvantages of dealing with dentures that could fall out are obvious. Today’s patients are convinced that porcelain laminate veneers, dental implants, and dentures are far more comfortable than each of such antiquated procedures.
Whether you have a chipped tooth, missing tooth, or several missing teeth, there are enough cosmetic dental solutions available to address every issue, big or small. Equally good news is the costs of cosmetic dentistry is more accessible than ever.