Health experts say that you should get your teeth cleaned professionally once every six months (and change your toothbrush about every three months). That seems to be a right good schedule for keeping on top of your dental health. However, sometimes you will need a Des Cedres Dental Clinic service other than a basic cleaning. As such, here are the most common dental procedures: fillings and repairs, root canals, crowns, bridges and implants, extractions, and teeth whitening.
FILLINGS AND REPAIRS
Obviously, these procedures use restorative materials to help fill a cavity or to repair damage from an accident or from rot caused by something like a cavity. Your dentist could employ one or more different techniques to help improve the health of your teeth.
Also known as “endodontics,” a root canal treatment is a procedure in which a dental surgeon removes the pulp of an effected tooth. The tooth pulp is a small, thread-like center of the tooth. This space is cleaned out, of course, and then reshaped and filled in after the damage is repaired or the disease is treated and the dead pulp is removed. The root canal has saved many teeth from far worse fates, saving smiles—and self-confidence—too.
Also known as “caps” the dental crown is a type of restoration aimed at protecting damaged, cracked, or broken teeth. The cap will sit over the entire top of the tooth—above the gumline—and can be made of metal, porcelain, or some combination of these materials.
BRIDGES and IMPLANTS
If you need to replace a missing tooth or a series of teeth, these are the class of procedures you would consider. Also known as a “fixed removable denture,” a bridge replaces one or more teeth; but there are many different kinds of dental bridges.
As the name implies, these procedures simply remove teeth from their sockets in the jawbone. There are various reasons for removing a tooth and it is often a last resort or an emergency intervention to prevent infection or other damage. In addition to infected teeth, though, wisdom teeth are commonly extracted too, as the can sometimes impact in the jaw and cause pain or even other damage to the other molars.
Finally, another common dental procedure is teeth whitening. There is a wide variety of reasons why you might want to whiten your teeth but the process is pretty much the same: a peroxide-based material that, essentially, “bleaches” the enamel.