Dental treatments are procedures your dentist performs to diagnose and treat your dental health. Your dentist exists to help you maintain a clean and healthy mouth.
Your dentist will examine your mouth, teeth, gums, and tongue. If they find anything unusual, they will talk with you about treatment.
Treatments include routine cleanings, x-rays, fillings, crowns, bridges, and more.
Fixed dental appliances include dental bridges, dental crowns, and orthodontic braces. These appliances may be recommended by your dentist or orthodontist to restore your smile, replace teeth, or correct your bite.
Removable dental appliances are dental devices that can be removed from the mouth. A common example of a removable dental appliance is a mouthguard. These dental appliances are used for a variety of reasons, including:
- To protect teeth from injury during athletic activities
- To prevent teeth grinding or clenching
- To treat sleep apnea
Removable dental appliances can be designed to be either temporary or long-term.
Endodontic treatments, also known as a root canal, are needed when the pulp, which is the inner-most layer of the tooth, becomes inflamed or infected. This can be caused by deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth or a crack or chip in the tooth.
During a root canal, the pulp is removed and replaced with a dental filling. A crown is often recommended to protect the tooth from further damage and to improve its appearance.
To better understand what periodontal treatments are, we first must define what periodontal conditions are. Periodontal conditions include:
- Periodontal disease
- Advanced periodontitis
- Aggressive periodontitis
- Necrotizing periodontal disease
- Necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis
- Periodontitis as a manifestation of systemic disease
Understanding these conditions helps patients understand the types of periodontal treatments that may be necessary to improve their oral health.
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that can replace any number of lost teeth. These tooth replacements are made of two parts, a titanium post that is placed in the empty tooth socket and a crown that replaces the tooth above the gum line.
Many people think that dental treatments are painful. However, today’s dental technology has made it easier than ever before to have a hassle-free dental experience.
Dental treatments vary in length depending on the procedure. Some treatments, such as crowns, take two visits to our office. However, tooth whitening and dental cleanings can be completed in one visit to our office.