A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket. If a tooth is broken or has decayed and cannot be fixed by a filling or other methods, tooth extraction may be recommended. Among other reasons for removing a tooth are: infection, an overcrowded mouth or to create room for teeth being moved into place with the help of braces. Each procedure will see different levels of anesthetics, depending on the severity.
Root Canal Treatment
The root canal is the section of a tooth that contains the nerves and pulp. Due to a variety of reasons, such as tooth decay, the pulp can get exposed and get infected as a result. The condition will typically cause severe pain and require root canal surgery to prevent it from worsening.
The procedure begins with your dentist applying local anaesthetics to the tooth before making a slight incision to reach pulp chamber. From there, the dentist removes the pulp along with all of the dead tissue. The root canal is then disinfected and the the interior is filled. In most cases, the tooth is then capped with a crown to prevent further infections.
Veneers, White Fillings
Veneers are razor thin shells that are attached to the front part of the tooth. They are often made from porcelain or composite resin, and are used to enhance a tooth’s appearance. The basic procedure is usually done in two appointments, and begins with a dentist applying local anesthetics in front of the tooth’s surface. Following, the dentist removes a thin layer of enamel and crafts a mold of your teeth that is used to custom-make the patient’s veneers. In the meantime, temporary veneers are used to replace the removed enamel. In the second visit, the dentist replaces the temporary veneer with the permanent one.
In some cases, however, depending on the tooth’s placement, white fillings may be suggested instead. To place the filling, all decay is removed from the tooth and a bonding material is placed inside of the hole. The filling is applied in thin layers; each being hardened with the help of a special light before moving onto the next. After the last layer is placed, the dentist will shape the filling to make it look and feel natural to the patient.
Crowns, Bridges and Braces
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over “damaged” teeth in order to restore its functionality or enhance its appearance.
Similarly, bridges are typically used to replace one or more missing teeth and are usually made up of an artificial tooth that has been constructed from 2 or more crowns.
Braces are a device used to align and reposition a person’s teeth and bite. Traditional braces see the use of elastic bands, metal brackets and wires that are glued onto the front of your teeth, and gradually pull them into the preferred alignment.
Teeth Cleaning, Sealants
Sealants are thin, protective coating that is typically layered onto a back-tooth’s surface to help prevent cavities and decay. In the application process, your dentist will clean your tooth before placing an acidic gel onto it. After a few moments, your dentist will rub rinse off the gel and dry your tooth before applying the sealant onto the grooves of your tooth. Once finished, a special light is then used to harden the sealant into place.
Teeth cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar that has built up on a patient’s teeth between dental visits.
In Office Zoom Teeth Whitening
In office zoom teeth whiting is a bleaching process that uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp. The procedure takes less than an hour, and begins with the patient’s gums and lips being covered, leaving the teeth exposed. From there, the dentist applies whitening gel that will then work with the lamp to help break up the stains on each tooth. The gel is applied in three 15 minute sessions of light activation, for a total treatment time of 45 minutes.
Fluoride Treatment, Nightguards, Sportsguard
A night guard is used as protection from the potentially harmful or damaging effects of teeth grinding and clenching during sleep.
Correspondingly, sports mouth guards are used to prevent or lessen mouth injuries when accidents in physical activities take place.
Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay and gives your teeth a strong defense from acidic attacks caused by plaque or sugars. Fluoride can be found naturally in water, and some foods such as meat, fish and tea. Anyone is at risk of tooth decay, so following a routine cleaning, a fluoride wash is used to help strengthen the enamel.
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