Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth's pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead the pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal.
The most common causes of pulp damage or death are:
Once the pulp is infected or dead, if left untreated, pus can build up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming an abscess. An abscess can destroy the bone surrounding the tooth and cause pain.
Sometimes teeth need to be removed due to decay, disease or trauma.
Having a tooth “pulled” is called a tooth extraction. After this treatment is completed, there are changes that will occur in your mouth afterward and it is important to know these changes and what your doctor can do to help. Some of these options include:
Grafting – after tooth loss, the bone in your mouth around the missing tooth will slowly resorb, therefore adding a graft after extraction will reduce this loss and improve your bone health.
Implant placement is possible immediately after extraction.
Immediate temporization with a temporary bridge so that you don’t have to be without a tooth until your final prosthesis is completed
Crowns are a complete “cap” that your dentist can place on your tooth,
This cap restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. The purpose of the crown or cap is to improve the strength and esthetics of the tooth. Why would you need one?
Cavities too large for fillings
Missing teeth in need of bridge treatment
Covering of implants
Weak, cracked, or worn down teeth
Teeth that have been root canal treated
To improve esthetics similar to that done with veneers but on teeth not suitable for veneer treatment
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Your dentist will help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
Implants are the most efficient and conservative method to replace missing teeth, regardless of the reason for loss, implants are usually the gold standard for tooth replacement. Implants may be a good choice for you if you:
Hide your smile due to missing teeth
Uncomfortable partials or dentures
Desire conservative treatment and avoiding damage to adjacent teeth which would be reduced in the event of a bridge placement.
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