Root canal treatment involves the removal of the pulp tissues from the tooth in the event that it gets infected or inflamed. Root canal treatment saves teeth that would otherwise have been extracted (most of the times). After root canal treatment the tooth is pulp-less i.e. it has no vital tissues within. However, there are vital tissues surrounding the root e.g. the gum, periodontal membrane and supporting bone. A root canal treated tooth can function normally and can be maintained with routine dental care and oral hygiene measures.
Most people have fillings of one sort or another but today, because we are much more conscious about our smile, we can choose a natural looking alternative - the composite or tooth-coloured filling.The main advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal.
A crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth and held in place by dental adhesive or cement.
Crowns are used for several reasons:
as a protective cover for badly decayed teeth or fractured teeth,
as a permanent restoration for teeth with large fillings,
to correct minor problems in natural teeth like spacing and irregular shape or severe discolouration.
Bridge is a combination of individual crowns served for more than one tooth replacement. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal. Sometimes, there are other non-precious metals used in the base for strength.
A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth. Commonly referred to as âfalse teethâ, a denture is usually made of acrylic or a combination of acrylic and metal. A partial denture is fitted to replace some missing teeth whilst a complete denture is indicated when all natural teeth are missing. A good set of dentures helps you to eat, speak, function, and often improves an individuals appearance.
Implants are the latest way of replacing missing teeth. A post is planted in the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth. This acts like the root of a natural tooth. Implants can also be used to support fixed bridges or dentures. Implant treatment normally has two stages. First, the implant is placed in the jaw. Then, when the implant site has healed, replacement teeth are attached to the implant. In some situations it is possible for temporary teeth to be attached to an implant at the time of fitting.
Wisdom teeth are the third and last molars on each side of the upper and lower jaws. They are also the final teeth to erupt; they usually appear when a person is in their late teens or early twenties.Wisdom teeth that only partially emerge or come crooked, lead to painful crowding. Hence, extraction of wisdom teeth is advised.
It is necessary to emphasize the importance of good dental habits at an early age. We encourage children to become regular attenders from the age of 6 months.
Since it is common for gum disease to occur, especially as we age, many people are referred to a periodontist if gum disease is detected. During normal check-ups with a family dentist, periodontal disease will usually be noticed. If you notice these symptoms in between dental check-ups, you can usually see your dentist and ask for a referral to a periodontist.
Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teethgrinding, medically called bruxism, does not usually cause harm, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis, the teeth can be damaged and other oral health complications can arise. Get your treatment for this with us.