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5 Most Common Dental Procedures From a General Dentist
There are five common dental procedures that general dentists perform all the time. It turns out that if a person has a dental problem, it can probably be fixed with one of the five treatments. If you are just wondering about what goes on at the dentist’s or you have a toothache, this article has you covered.
Common dental procedures
Here is a list of five procedures that general dentists have to perform all the time:
Dental fillings are used to treat teeth that have cavities or decay. They can also be used to repair injured teeth that have fractures.
When a patient complains of a toothache, the very first thing the dentist does is to check for cavities and cracks. They do this by examining the tooth visually and with the use of X-rays. If the dentist finds that the tooth needs to be filled, then they fix the tooth.
After numbing the tooth, the dentist will use a dental drill to remove any decayed dental tissue in the inner tooth. They will then clean out the tooth with water before sealing the tooth with a dental filling.
With the help of the dentist, the patient will choose the type of filling that they prefer. They can choose from gold, silver, porcelain or dental resin fillings.
Because small cavities and mild tooth decay are found in the teeth of a large majority of Americans, dental fillings are the most performed dental procedure in the country.
2. Dental crowns
Dental crowns are used to repair teeth that have been badly damaged by decay or injury. As a dental restoration, crowns are pretty much the only things that save damaged teeth from extraction. They are also used to correct cosmetic imperfections.
Usually, it takes two dentist appointments to complete the procedure, because most crowns have to be made in a dental laboratory.
Some general dentists are able to make the crowns themselves, however, and that makes it possible for a patient to get a dental crown placed in a single day.
Crowns restore teeth by covering them completely, which protects them from further infection or damage.
3. Tooth extractions
When a decayed tooth is too far gone to be saved, a general dentist will pull it out. When an impacted tooth tries to push past the gum and fails, the dentist removes it. The dentist will also remove a troublesome and painful wisdom tooth that will not make up its mind if it wants to grow or not.
If the problem tooth is above the gum, the dentist will remove it by loosening it from its bone socket and pulling it out. A tooth that is causing trouble under the gum is extracted with minor oral surgery.
4. Dental implants
The best and most permanent way to replace real teeth is with dental implants. The placement of dental implants involves minor oral surgery to place the implant into the patient’s jawbone.
Though the process takes a few months and several procedures to complete, the placement of dental implants gives the patient permanent artificial teeth. Implant-supported crowns and dentures work just like real teeth.
Braces are used to position the teeth in a way that makes them aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean. They are also used to correct bad bites that can make it hard to eat or talk.
Almost 80% of all braces worn today are used to align the teeth of people under the age of 18.
Dental procedures are nothing to be afraid of
Thanks to anesthetics, having your teeth fixed is a pain-free process. You can rest easy knowing that whatever your dental problem is, your general dentist has done the procedure that will fix your teeth countless times.
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