If you are one of the 120 million Americans who are missing at least one tooth, there are a variety of tooth replacement options available. While bridges and dentures are common options for those who are missing multiple teeth, dental implants are another type of tooth replacement that you may want to consider. A dental implant is a titanium post or bracket that is surgically inserted into your jaw and that acts as a replacement tooth root.
In most cases, your dentist will do everything possible to repair and restore your natural teeth. Unfortunately, there may be some circumstances when you will need to have a tooth extracted. This means that your dentist will remove your tooth and its underlying root through surgical means. Here are four reasons that you may need a tooth extraction:
1. Your teeth are too badly damaged.
If you have tooth decay, your dentist will typically use a dental drill to remove the decay before filling the cavity with amalgam or composite fillings.
Many cosmetic dentistry patients find Invisalign an attractive proposition. Invisalign is a method of correcting crooked teeth using invisible plastic liners. It's a highly effective method of correcting teeth, but there are some times when regular braces may be preferred. Here's how to decide between the two options.
When You Should Use Invisalign
There are multiple benefits to Invisalign. Over time, Invisalign shifts your teeth through a progression of plastic liners.
If you are scheduled for an upcoming root canal, one concern you may have is the potential pain that can result from it—either pain that you experience during the procedure itself or pain from the recovery process afterward. Here are some tips that will help you prevent or deal with pain related to your upcoming root canal.
Take Antibiotic Prior To The Procedure
One common method that dentists use to help reduce potential pain is to have you use antibiotics prior to the root canal procedure.
Dental veneers are thin, tailor-made shells intended to cover a tooth's front surface. These veneers have shells that have tooth-colored materials, and they help improve dental appearance. A dentist bonds the shells to the front teeth, and this, in turn, changes the size and length as well as the shape and color of the teeth.
Dental veneers are either made of resin compound materials or porcelain. Porcelain dental veneers are usually the best since they resist stains and also imitate the light-reflecting aspects of natural teeth.