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Dental Procedure

If a trip to the dentist makes you feel nervous and uncomfortable, you are absolutely not alone. It can be overwhelming to be presented with sometimes confusing and disconcerting information about your oral health and then subjected to procedures that you don’t entirely understand the point or purpose of. Fortunately, if you understand the basics of some of the most common dental procedures, this can help your dental experiences to go much more smoothly and it may even help you to better understand your vital role in improving and maintaining your oral health.

Common Dental Procedures

One basic point to keep in mind is that all dental procedures have essentially the same goal: to protect or restore optimal oral health, structure, function and comfort. Some of the more common dental procedures that are used to achieve this goal include:

  • Teeth whitening. It is natural for teeth to darken over time, but they can also be stained by certain foods, beverages and other things like coffee, black tea, berries, cigarette smoking, trauma and drugs. Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure designed to help improve the color of stained and discolored teeth so that one can enjoy a more confident, attractive smile.
  • Dental fillings. When a tooth’s structure has been damaged by decay or trauma, it will require restorative dental work. Unless the damage is very extensive, dental fillings are often an appropriate solutions There are many different types of dental fillings, designed to address a variety of specific needs, but the most common are composite fillings that are made from tooth-colored resins. These fillings not only maintain the structure and function of natural, healthy teeth, they also maintain the look of natural, healthy teeth.
  • Dental crowns. When teeth have been damaged, cracked or broken and need more significant repair than can be provided through dental fillings, a dental crown may be needed. Sometimes referred to as caps, dental crowns cover the entirety of the tooth that is above the gum line, and are installed after any decayed and damaged tooth material has been removed. They can be made from porcelain, metal or a combination of both, and are sometimes placed on healthy, natural teeth in order to support a dental bridge.
  • Root canals. When tooth decay, damage or injury is so advanced as to affect the pulp tissue in the center of the tooth, a root canal is usually necessary in order to save the tooth. In a root canal, the damaged, diseased and dead pulp tissue is removed and the space is cleaned, shaped and filled in order to prevent further decay or damage. This treatment is vitally important to the individual’s oral and general health because dead tooth pulp tissue can lead to a buildup of pus that then leads to an abscess, which not only is extremely painful but has the potential to destroy the bone surrounding the tooth.
  • Dental bridges and implants. Sometimes tooth decay or damage is so extensive that a tooth cannot be saved and must be extracted. Other times, a tooth falls out on its own. In either case, the missing tooth needs to be replaced in order to aid with oral structure, function and comfort and to prevent the remaining teeth from shifting into the gap. A dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, and occurs where healthy teeth on either side of the gap support a false tooth through the use of dental crowns. A dental implant can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, and occurs where metal posts or frames are installed in the jawbone to support replacement teeth.
  • Dental extractions. A tooth may need to be entirely removed from its socket when it is severely broken or decayed and no other restorative treatment has worked or is appropriate. A tooth extraction may also occur if there is not enough room in the mouth for permanent teeth that are coming in, or when wisdom teeth are impacted below the gum line or are coming in incorrectly and will create a problem in the mouth.

In addition to these main, common dental procedures there are many other procedures that may be suited to addressing specific oral health issues. Your dentist will be able to assess your oral health and provide you with a clearer picture of exactly which dental procedures are best for you.




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