Most Common Dental Procedures You Should Know

Patient in dental clinicYou should never forget to take care of your teeth the same way you take care of other parts of your body. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting your dentist at least every six months is important to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.

If your self-esteem is a bit low just because your teeth are not in a good condition, worry no more. Scott W. Grant, DMD notes several dental procedures can be done for your teeth to be restored, including the following:

Repairs and fillings

Your damaged tooth caused by decay or trauma may be repaired with the use of restorative materials. Filling restores your tooth to its original function, state, and shape by eliminating areas where bacteria can enter your tooth.

Root canals

This treatment is used to save a severely damaged or infected tooth instead of extracting it. It involves the removal of the injured, cracked or decayed tooth’s pulp, which is a thread-like tissue in the center of your tooth. Your tooth will be cleaned, disinfected, filled, and then sealed.

Crowns and caps

Damaged, cracked, or broken teeth can be protected by dental crowns or caps. Made from porcelain, metal or a combination of both, they sit over the entire part of the tooth that lies above the gum line.

Bridges and implants

A bridge is a fixed removable denture that replaces missing tooth while dental implants are metal posts or frames surgically situated into the jawbone underneath your gums to act as an anchor for your replacement teeth.

Tooth extraction

Tooth extraction is done if your tooth or teeth incurred too much damage and cannot be restored. Other reasons for the removal of a tooth may be due to an extra tooth blocking another one, or baby teeth that didn’t fall out in time for permanent teeth to take its place.

You should practice oral hygiene to keep those pearly whites in a good condition or state. Remember, a smile is not complete without showing off those wonderful teeth.