ROOT CANAL THERAPY
When the pulp (the nerve) of a tooth becomes infected or abscessed, Root Canal Therapy is the only way to save the tooth. A tooth may become abscessed as a result of deep decay, a cracked tooth, or trauma to the tooth. During a root canal, a dentist removes the pulp from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity. This procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing. The only alternative to Root Canal Therapy is an Extraction.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. Crowns protect and strengthen tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restoration. Permanent crowns can be made from all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all ceramic.
A bridge is a fixed appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. As the name suggests, it 'bridges' a gap between teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap are specially prepared to take either inlays or crowns and a connecting piece is designed to span the gap. The whole structure is known as a bridge and the adjoining teeth to which the bridge is cemented are known as abutments. Simple bridges are composed of three units and complex bridges can be anything up to 14 units bonded together.
Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, and chips or cracks. The two most common materials used in the manufacture of dental veneers are composite resin (conventional veneers) and porcelain veneers (lumineers).
A denture is a removable dental prosthetic device to replace missing teeth. Dentures may be partial to replace only a section of teeth, or full to replace the entire upper or lower sections of teeth.
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
A denture is a removable dental prosthetic device to replace missing teeth. Dentures may be partial to replace only a section of teeth, or full to replace the entire upper or lower sections of teeth. Replacing missing teeth benefits both your health and your appearance. It improves speaking and eating, improves your smile and, especially in the case of a complete denture, helps support your facial muscles, providing a more youthful appearance.
There are two types of full dentures:
Conventional Full Dentures are placed in mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months during which time the patient can wear immediate dentures.
Immediate Full Dentures are inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
Dental inlays are used to treat teeth that have decay or damage lying within their indented top surfaces. They can also be used to replace old or damaged metal fillings. Dental inlays can be made from durable, tooth-colored porcelain, therefore, they offer much more enduring and natural-looking results than metal fillings. In addition, their customized nature allows dentists to securely bond them to the tooth surface, adding structural integrity and preventing bacteria from entering and forming cavities.
Dental onlays are made of a strong, natural-looking material, such as porcelain, that are used for larger restorations extending over one or more sides of the tooth, and can be used similar to a crown or cap. An onlay is a conservative tooth restoration procedure that requires far less tooth removal than its metal counterpart. It also increases strength and provides enduring protection for the tooth.