8 Lessons Learned: Most Common Dental Procedures

Posted October 23rd, 2017 by Duken

 

Many people don’t like the idea of going to a dental clinic. If you belong to that group, familiarizing yourself with the most common dental treatments may help to relax you on your next appointment.

1. Endodontics (Root Canals)

Root canal treatment involves removing the pulp of a tooth. The pulp is that small, vein-like tissue found at the center of the tooth. The space that’s been emptied is cleaned, filled and shaped when the dead or defective pulp has been taken out. Inside the pulp, you will find lymph tissue, veins and arteries as well a nerves. When decay travel around or into the pulp, the risk of tooth infection is high and the person begins to feel pain. A root canal is performed to remove the pulp and eradicate the possibility of tooth infection.

2. Dental Caps (Crowns)

Dental restorations meant to provide protection to teeth against cracks or breakage are called dental crowns. Crowns are meant to sit over the entire section of the tooth which sits on top of the gum line, and may be made of plastic, metal, porcelain or any combination of many other different materials. Dental crowns may also be used to cover cracked, damaged, chipped or stained teeth to hold dental bridges in position. The two essential goals of these caps are to improve how the tooth looks and to make it stronger.

3. Fillings/Repairs

Teeth which have been damaged because of decay or trauma may be fixed using restorative materials. Different ways may be used to confirm the existence of tooth decay. A few examples include cavity-spotting dyes, laser fluorescence cavity detectors and regular dental x-rays. Trauma is often caused by broken teeth and tooth grinding or bruxism.

4. Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is a dental procedure through which a tooth is pulled out of its bone socket. There are different reasons for removing a permanent tooth, the most common of which is breakage or severe damage because of decay. Extraction is often a dentist’s last option after the possibility of applying other remedies such as crowns or fillings has been ruled out.

5. Bridges and Implants

Implants and bridges are two other common tooth replacement options. The fixed bridge, which is the most popular type of bridge people use today, is actually a false tooth that has crowns on a side. Dental implants are metal posts or frames which are surgically installed underneath the gums where the objective is to hold replacement teeth. Dental implants don’t just mirror the visible part of teeth, but also replicates the crown as well as the root.

6. Teeth Bleaching

Finally, tooth-whitening is a procedure that involves treating the tooth with a peroxide-based material which creates the whitening effect. It is also one of the best methods of clearing up stained or discolored teeth.

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