Many experts advise people to visit the dentist every six months. However, for high-risk groups, like people with diabetes or those with poor dental health, dental appointments should be more regular. Apart from tooth extraction, whitening, and filling, there are four other basic dental treatments.
Deep cleaning is performed for patients who have gum disease. To determine whether you're a suitable candidate for deep cleaning, your dentist will conduct pocket depth readings and dental x-rays. The procedure provides a more thorough cleaning than an ordinary dental cleaning. Deep dental cleaning has two main parts: scaling and planing.
The scaling part of this procedure involves the removal of plaque and tartar on your gums. In the planing phase, the dentist will reattach the roots of your teeth to your gums. Failure to treat gum disease can result in tooth loss, infection, and bone loss.
A root canal procedure is conducted to repair a tooth that's severely infected or decayed. A tooth's pulp and the nerve can become inflamed, irritated, or infected because of decay. The procedure involves the removal of the nerve and pulp and cleaning the inside of the tooth. This prevents the infection from spreading.
The main signs that you need a root canal include tooth sensitivity and sharp pain when eating. Deep decay, swollen gums, and a cracked or chipped tooth are also signs your pulp is infected. If left untreated, these signs could lead to tooth, bone, and tissue loss.
Another standard dental procedure is implant surgery. This treatment is used to address tooth loss. There are mini-implants that are temporary and used to move teeth to the desired position. A full implant is placed in the area with the missing tooth. You can get a single implant or several implants depending on the number of teeth you want to replace.
To go through this procedure, you need to have enough bone tissue or qualify for bone grafting. A titanium post will be screwed to your bone. When the implant fuses with your bone, the dentist will fix a crown, which resembles your natural teeth.
Aligners are used to correct misaligned teeth. Your dentist will take impressions of your mouth to design Invisalign brackets that are suited for your dental structure. These brackets will slowly move your teeth in alignment.
One advantage of Invisalign brackets is that they're almost invisible. Invisalign braces are also comfortable and don't affect your eating habits. It would help if you always had these aligners on, but you can remove them when brushing your teeth.
Reach out to a dentist to schedule an appointment.