To most, the primary components of a great smile are brightness and symmetry—that is pearly white teeth that are not crooked or misaligned. However, the appearance and positioning of the gum line is often overlooked in the element of a smile. Gums that cover too much or too little of the teeth, and/or are unevenly positioned across their length can impact the overall aesthetics of your smile. For example, gums that cover too much of the teeth can make them look unusually small. Or, gums that do not cover enough can make the teeth appear unusually large and expose the teeth’s roots. Uneven gum lines can make the teeth appear uneven in length and individual teeth odd sized relative to the others.
While dentures help restore your smile’s appearance and the function of your missing natural teeth, it generally takes some time for most people to get used to their new prosthetic teeth. While dental prosthetics have come a long way since their historical origins, the human body generally takes time to acclimatize to any sort of new prosthetic addition.
While dentures have long served as the primary replacement for lost teeth, dental implants are rapidly becoming the preferred choice for tooth replacement and restoring oral function and confident smiles. Not only are dental implants more comfortable and natural feeling than dentures, but also represent a more permanent solution that more effectively boosts overall oral health, then dentures. Unlike dentures, implants transfer chewing force to the jawbone, and help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density that would otherwise degrade over time due to the missing root(s).
If not for the temporomandibular joint, more commonly referred to as the “TMJ,” you would not be able to speak, laugh, yawn, or chew food effectively. The joint consists of interconnected muscles, ligaments, and discs that connect the upper and lower jaw bones and allows you to move them from side to side, up and down, and forward and backward. As a crucial component of a workable mouth and overall oral health, dentists generally check its function during the course of an oral examination.