Preventive dentistry refers to modern practices that help you maintain a healthy mouth. It ensures healthy teeth and gums, reducing the amount of dental treatment required. Tooth decay and gum disease are the two primary causes of tooth loss. Preventive dentistry addresses and helps combat these ailments, improving the longevity of your teeth.
Your dental team may suggest a course of treatment to help improve your overall oral health. This will help reduce the need for dental treatments such as filling and extractions. Your dental team will also help develop a maintenance plan, which will allow you to preserve your oral health.
Crowns, also called caps, are hollow, artificial tooth replacements meant to replace a damaged or decayed tooth. A crown can help restore the appearance, shape and function of teeth that are damaged but not lost. Teeth that have been restored by a crown appear and function almost identically to natural teeth.
A root canal is a procedure that helps treat inflammation or infection of the nerves in your teeth. Root canals eliminate the need to extract the tooth, allowing you to preserve your natural teeth without needing artificial ones. This also prevents other teeth from drifting out of place and causing jaw complications.
Restoration in dentistry refers to restoring the functionality of a tooth by replacing any missing or damaged tooth structures. Restorations may be either direct or indirect. While direct restorations occur directly in the patient’s mouth, indirect restorations are made outside the mouth and then placed inside.
If a tooth is damaged or decayed to the extent that is cannot be saved or restored through regular procedures like fillings or root canals, your dentist may recommend that the tooth be extracted or removed. There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions involve straightforward removal of the defected tooth using local anesthesia, without having to cut the surrounding bone. A surgical extraction, however, involves oral sedation and will require the bone around the tooth to be cut in order for it to be extracted successfully.
Full mouth restoration refers to a complete reconstruction of every tooth in the mouth. Restorative dentistry and aesthetics are combined to help maintain the function, health and appearance of the mouth.
Braces are a device used to help straighten misaligned teeth. The procedure is usually extensive, and can last over 1 or 2 years. The period of treatment involves several visits to your dentist, in order to re-adjust the braces.
Invisalign aligners are an alternative to metal braces for adults and teenagers. These clear aligners are almost invisible, and unlike regular metal braces, they can be removed while eating and put back on later.
Porcelain inlays or onlays are cosmetic alternatives to regular white, composite fillings. Your dentist will explain when porcelain inlays or onlays are a suitable option for you.
In the case of misaligned, overlapping, or discolored teeth, veneers can positively impact the aesthetic of your teeth and improve your smile. Dental veneers are usually made of porcelain, although regular composite ones are available. Porcelain veneers look more natural, are stronger, and do not lose their color and shine.
Dental bridges help cover or ‘bridge’ the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are made from two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and their surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures available: complete or partial. Partial dentures are used when some of the natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used in the case that all teeth are missing.
Teeth whitening refers to the cleaning of stains on your teeth, maintaining their natural color and beauty. Your dentist will recommend the most suitable course of whitening for you, which may involve bleaching. Bleaching will clean stains on your teeth, but can induce sensitivity. Your dentist may recommend alternative home whitening solutions or an in-office procedure.
Nitrous oxide, also called ‘laughing gas’, is a safe and effective sedative that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small cap that fits on top of your nose, helping you relax. Your dentist may recommend the administration of nitrous oxide to help relieve stress and improve your comfort during certain procedures.
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