There are many types of teeth treatments that are often performed by dentists to ensure their patients have optimal dental health. Some of these treatments are surgical procedures, while others do not even require anesthetics.
While practicing good oral hygiene goes a long way when it comes to dental health, most people will deal with a few oral issues over the course of their lives. These treatments help to address any problems that develop and restore the look and the function of the person’s teeth. These procedures also help to prevent the patient from having to deal with unnecessary pain.
Most common types of teeth treatment
Here are some of the dental procedures most commonly performed by dentists:
Bonding is one of those treatments most patients will get at some point. It is used to restore teeth that have been discolored, fractured, decayed or chipped. Bonding can also be used to close gaps between teeth. Bonding is a non-invasive procedure that does not require the use of anesthesia. The entire process takes less than an hour per tooth.
Braces are prosthetics that are used to deal with alignment issues and bite problems like overbites and underbites. These devices straighten teeth by continually applying pressure on them. Metal braces are the most affordable type of braces, but clear braces are less visible in the wearer’s mouth.
Implants are the best way to replace a missing tooth. These devices replace the visible part of the tooth, as well as the roots. During the installation of these devices, the dentist surgically inserts a metal rod or screw into the patient’s jawbone. It is given several months to fuse with the supporting bone tissue, and a crown is placed on it.
Also called caps, dental crowns are used to protect broken, decayed, cracked or damaged teeth. A crown covers the entire part of a tooth that is above the gum line, and it restores the look and function of the damaged tooth.
When a tooth becomes severely damaged, removal might be the only option. This is usually the case when a tooth cannot be saved with procedures like a root canal or with a protective device like a crown. The extracted tooth is generally replaced with an implant or other prosthetic afterward.
6. Root canal
Root canals have a bad reputation as some sort of dental procedure people should be scared of, but that is not the case. A root canal is used to address tooth decay when it reaches the pulp chamber of the tooth. An anesthetic is typically given before the procedure is performed.
The dentist starts by drilling a hole into the tooth, then the pulp matter, nerves, and any decayed matter are removed from using a series of files. The dentist then seals the cavity before covering the tooth with a crown.
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