It must be said that it is imperative to understand the importance of certain dental procedures before you actually get them done. At Daniel B Hipps DDS, we'll try to answer all your dental procedure related questions.
Check out the below frequently asked questions.
What is a root canal?
Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing the dental pulp, or soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels and nerves. When the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, it loses its strength.
The most common causes of the pulp dying are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity requiring
large fillings, or traumatic injuries to the tooth, all of which may allow bacteria and their products to enter into the pulp.
If the injured or diseased pulp is not removed, the tissues surrounding the root of the tooth can become infected. Without treatments, the tooth may have to be extracted.
Why do I need a crown?
A crown (also known as a “cap”) is a dental restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape, size, and function.
Crowns are used to:
- Restore a tooth when there aren’t enough teeth remaining to support a large filling
- Attach a bridge to replace a missing tooth
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Cover a badly shaped or discolored tooth
Two dental visits are needed to complete the treatment. At the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing its outer portion to accommodate the thickness of the crown. If the tooth needs additional structure, the dentist will build up the core of the tooth.
An impression is made to provide an exact model of the prepared tooth. This is used by the laboratory technician to develop the shape and size of the crown. A temporary crown is placed while the final crown is made.
At the second appointment, the crown is placed and the dentist will make any necessary adjustments. The crown is then cemented into place.
What is cosmetic bonding?
Bonding involves molding tooth-colored dental material directly onto the surface of your teeth to improve minor flaws or to restore areas of decay in teeth.
- Close gaps between teeth
- Repair chips
- Mask stains
- Restore areas of tooth decay
Using composite resin material, bonding is usually completed in one office visit. After preparing the tooth, the surface is etched with a gel to allow the attachment of the bonding material. The bonding material is applied to the tooth and then molded and shaped to become part of the natural tooth.
The material is hardened with a high-intensity light. Several layers of the bonding material may need to be applied and hardened in order to give the tooth its
final shape. After the bonding is complete, the tooth is smoothed and polished.
You may experience some temporary tooth sensitivity after the procedure. Using a sensitivity toothpaste can help reduce this. With good maintenance, the results of bonding can last for many years. Come to the office to learn whether bonding is right for you.
What are digital X-rays?
There are many benefits of using digital X-rays:
- Digital images are sent directly to the computer and can be viewed immediately
- Digital images can be enlarged, making it easier for you and the dentist to see the pictures
- Digital images can be sent electronically to other dental offices when a referral is necessary or when you move to a new location
- Digital images eliminate the need for film and film processing chemicals, making them environmentally friendly
- Digital images usually require less radiation, making the risk of potentially harmful effects very small