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Fillings, extractions, single crowns, bridges, dentures, root canals, night guards, and other procedures are all part of general dentistry. At Dr. Q Dentistry, we'll work with you to develop a personalized oral hygiene plan that includes a dental exam, teeth cleaning, potentially tooth scaling, X-rays, and the use of other diagnostic tools to prevent, identify, and treat issues as quickly as possible.
It may be required to pull a tooth at times. This can occur due to a multitude of factors. When a deciduous "baby" tooth refuses to fall out, a badly broken down and non-restorable tooth is present, or a "wisdom tooth" is poorly positioned and unable to fully erupt into place, extractions are routinely performed. When a tooth extraction is required, the operation, post-surgical instructions, and any restorative follow-up care will be thoroughly described to alleviate any worry and ensure patient comfort.
Dental crowns and caps are interchangeable terminology. If substantial damage to the underlying tooth structure has been caused by dental decay, broken fillings, root canals, clenching or grinding, a dental filling may not be sufficient. Full covering with a dental crown is typically the only method to totally restore the cosmetic appearance and function of this tooth. The good news is that a dental crown that has been completed looks and feels just like a natural tooth.
A dental bridge replaces missing teeth with "pontics," which are artificial teeth that are supported on both ends by prepared natural teeth. A dental bridge will be permanently "fixed," or cemented into place, once it has been constructed and fitted. Bridges, like crowns, can be fashioned of porcelain baked on a metal foundation or a variety of newly invented ceramic materials.
An individual's teeth may need to be pulled for a variety of reasons, including disease, starvation, hereditary problems, or an accident. While this might be distressing, partial or complete dentures can be made to restore an appealing smile, offer necessary support for natural facial shapes, and restore a highly functional occlusion. A denture is a set of artificial teeth that seem natural and are supported by a base. It can be made to replace a single tooth, a whole upper arch, an entire lower arch, or both dental arches at the same time.
When the nerve supply to a tooth has been irreparably compromised by injury or decay, endodontics, or root canal therapy, is used. It is a method of preventing or assisting in the resolution of a dental infection in order to save a natural tooth from extraction. When there is enough sound root and crown structure left to restore the affected tooth's form and function, a root canal is performed.
A nightguard is a hard or soft plastic device that looks like a retainer. It can be worn on either the bottom or top set of teeth, and it covers the biting surfaces. Because patients' teeth have varied patterns, a nightguard is custom-made for each patient by molding it to fit your teeth without being uncomfortable or bulky.
Dental fillings are the most popular type of dental restoration used to replace missing, damaged, or rotting tooth parts. While classic dental materials such as gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite work well to restore teeth, new improvements in dental technology have opened up a wider and better range of restorative options. Ceramic and composite materials, among the most recent state-of-the-art filling materials, are not only strong and durable, but they also produce the most aesthetically pleasant and natural-looking results.