Repairing Teeth

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If your teeth are in bad shape but could can still be restored, we can make them look like they're brand new! Read more below!

Repairing Damaged Teeth

Even without missing teeth there are a host of problems that you can encounter that can make you less than confident about your smile. Common restorations used by dentist to repair damaged teeth include crowns, extractions, fillings, and root canals

Crowns

A crown (or a cap) is a porcelain or gold cover that fits precisely over the affected tooth. You may need a crown when a tooth has new decay around an existing filling and no longer has enough tooth structure to accommodate another filling. A crown is also recommended treatment for a tooth that has a microscopic crack and needs the support of a crown to hold the tooth together. Teeth that have had root canal treatment are more likely to require full coverage to protect the tooth from fracture.

Extractions

Sometimes the only way to deal with a damaged or misshapen tooth is to remove it. An extraction may be necessary for a number of reasons, ranging from a tooth that is simply too decayed to be saved, to a baby tooth reluctant to fall out naturally, or a wisdom tooth that has become impacted. When the dentist determines that a tooth needs to be removed, the extraction may take place during that visit, or you may be required to schedule a separate appointment for the procedure. Tooth extraction does not take much time, but if you have concerns or wish to be sedated for the procedure, it is crucial that you share that information with the dentist.

Fillings

Damage to teeth caused by cavities is frequently addressed with fillings, also known as direct restorations. Traditional filling materials include amalgam fillings (silver) or gold filling restorations. Some older amalgam fillings contained mercury. While the strength and durability of these materials still make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth, they are conspicuous and tend to blacken in color over time. Newer dental filling materials include ceramic and plastic compounds that more closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are used most frequently in front teeth where a natural appearance is important, although they can be used on the back teeth in some circumstances. Composite resins tend to cost more than fillings made from the older materials.

Root Canal (Endodontic) Treatment

Root canal procedures are used to help save a diseased tooth. There are tiny canals within your tooth that may become infected, particularly if your tooth has a deep crack or cavity. This infection causes the pulp inside your tooth to become diseased. Left without treatment an abscess can form in the pulp tissue, causing the tissue to die and threatening your tooth, as well as the surrounding teeth and jaw. During a root canal procedure the dentist or endodontist specialist will drill into the tooth, remove all the diseased pulp and clean out all the tooth's canals. Then the cleaned out areas are sealed and a temporary filling will be placed on the tooth. A crown or permanent filling will be used after it's been determined that the infection is truly gone. Treatment often involves one to three visits, and contrary to popular belief is relatively simple and inflicts relatively minimal pain. A tooth that has been restored with a root canal can last a lifetime, provided you are diligent with your oral hygiene.

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Cedar Family Dentistry: Julia McGary, RDH, DDS