An extraction is the removal of a tooth out of your mouth. This is because the tooth may be damaged, decayed or gum disease.
Children’s teeth are sometimes taken out for ‘orthodontic’ reasons to help new or remaining teeth grow regularly.
White fillings are made of composite, consisting of resin and an inorganic material such as glass ceramics or porcelain, and are mainly used to fill cavities. Combined with enamel and dentin bonding techniques, white fillings restore teeth that have become damaged as a result of tooth decay or injury. White fillings are used as an alternative to amalgam fillings, which are aesthetically poor and may contain mercury, which could be toxic.
If you’ve lost your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, dentures can be a way to replace your missing teeth and restore your natural smile. Dentures support the facial muscles which will reduce sagging, making a person look more youthful. You’ll be able to eat and speak—which may have been difficult or painful with missing teeth.
There are various types of dentures, whether to replace all teeth or just partial ones that are missing. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after all the remaining teeth have removed and after a few months once healing of the tissues has occurred.
An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. It is very important to have good oral hygiene even if you wear full dentures. This involves brushing your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures. This will stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove and prevent the build up of plaque.
Root Canal Treatment
If you experience a persistent tooth ache that wakes you a night, decay may have advanced deep into the tooth causing bacteria to enter the dental pulp causing irreversible damage to the tooth’s nerve. If you want to save the tooth, then root canal treatment is carried out. This usually will involve 2 visits to the dentist each lasting approximately 1hr depending on which tooth is to be root filled.
Commonly asked questions:
Is root canal treatment painful?
No as the treatment is all done under local anesthesia. However if the patient does feel any pain it is usually because the pulp is highly inflamed, in which case the dentist will settle the the tooth first using a sedative dressing together with antibiotics and anti inflammatory drugs.
How long does the root canal treatment last?
If the root canal treatment if carried out to a high standard as is the case at Gracefield Dental, it has a ninety percent success rate. If the possibility of fracture has been eliminated by provision of a crown, then the restored tooth can survive many, many years.
Is root canal treatment expensive?
Yes if compared with a simple filling. However, if root treatment is required, the problem cannot be solved with a simple filling. However the answer is No if you extract the tooth and then require complex and costly dental procedures such as a bridge or dental implant, to replace the missing tooth.