It’s important to practice proper dental hygiene at home as well as get regular dental checkups and cleanings at the dentist. But sometimes, even if you’ve been taking good care of your teeth you can have issues that require fillings, crowns, or root canals. If you’ve been experiencing tooth or jaw discomfort give us a call so we can help get you back to normal.
Cavities & Fillings
Some cavities require fillings. When you first begin a filling procedure, your mouth will be numbed to prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort throughout the process. The dentist will remove the decayed part of your tooth and clean your tooth cavity to make sure there is no bacteria. Once this is done, layers of the filling will be placed and hardened in your cavity, and then shaped to blend in with your tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings are similar to dental bonding in that both are made with composite resins that are soft, pliable and harden easily with a special light. They blend in with your existing teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are durable enough for the front and back teeth. These fillings typically last around 10 years before needing to be replaced. They have potential to last longer if taken care of properly, but will eventually become worn and need to be replaced to maintain the integrity of your teeth.
A crown is a cap or cover that a dentist places over your tooth, for reasons such as:
• A cavity that’s too large for a filling
• A cracked or severely worn-down tooth
• To cover a discolored or misshapen toon
• To protect a tooth after dental treatment, such as a root canal
The dentist will choose a crown made out of a material that will be sturdy and comfortable, depending on where you are needing the crown placed. Other factors to be considered when choosing a crown are the color of your teeth, how much of the tooth shows when you speak or smile, how your gum tissue is positioned as well as your personal preference.
How it works:
Placing a crown typically takes two dental visits. The dentist will prepare for a crown by removing the outer portion of your tooth to ensure the crown will fit in natural alignment with your other teeth. An impression will also be made to create an exact model for the crown, which also helps ensure the crown looks natural among your other teeth. During the first visit, you may receive a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready. Depending on how long it takes to be prepared, your permanent crown will be placed during your second dental visit.
Once the permanent crown is placed, necessary adjustments will be made until you are happy with the look and feel of it. We make sure that your crown is complete so that you’ll barely even notice it’s there.
Like other dental treatments, crowns do not last forever and will eventually need to be replaced. Until then, however, crowns should be taken care of to maintain their integrity. To prevent damage to your crown, you should regularly brush your teeth and floss, avoid biting down on hard foods, ice or other hard objects, and make sure to have regular check-ups with your dentist.
When a root canal becomes infected, the pulp of the tooth becomes inflamed and causes nerve pain in the mouth, which is the one type of pain that cannot be cured with medicine. A root canal treatment is needed to remove the infected pulp, along with any bacteria to prevent reinfection. This cleaning of the root canal is the only way to relieve the nerve pain and save your natural tooth. This is a procedure where you’re given anesthesia beforehand, so the process isn’t any more painful than other dental treatments. After a root canal is complete and filled, you may also be instructed to have a crown placed over top of the tooth to ensure that your natural tooth underneath stays protected. This also allows you to go back to life as normal, with comfortable and pain-free chewing.
How do I know if I need a root canal?
Individuals who need root canals typically have the following symptoms:
• Severe pain when chewing or biting
• A pain that “radiates” in and out
• Severe sensitivity to hot or cold
• Swollen gums or pimples on the gums, signifying an infection
Although this process can seem daunting, our office of highly skilled professionals can take care of you and ensure that you leave our office comfortable and at ease.