It’s common for patients to feel anxious when visiting the dentist. That’s why our caring BlueDot Dental team works hard to help you feel relaxed. We believe patient education is a great way to ease the fears associated with sitting in the dental chair, so we’ve compiled a list of the five most common dental procedures. We hope that once you learn more about these procedures, you’ll realize there’s nothing to fear!
Dental fillings, also known as cavity fillings, are a very common restorative treatment. They can restore parts of a tooth that have damage or cavities. Fillings help restore the function, health, and even shape of your tooth.
2. Root Canals
While root canals may seem intimidating, they are actually a very common procedure. When the pulp in a tooth is damaged or infected, a root canal can remove the pulp and preserve your natural tooth. Don’t worry, the area is numbed during the procedure so the most you will feel is slight pressure. Once your root canal is complete, the pain you were feeling from the infection or damage will be gone!
3. Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can protect chipped or broken teeth. They cover the entire tooth and are made of metal or porcelain. The crowns are designed to blend in naturally with your other teeth. They not only protect your tooth, but they also improve the appearance of your smile.
4. Bridges & Dental Implants
If you are missing one or more teeth, bridges or implants can replace them. A bridge can replace a single tooth or multiple missing teeth in a row. The bridge connects to teeth on either side of the space and “bridges” the gap in your smile with false, but natural-looking, teeth.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are placed into your jawbone. They act as a replacement for a natural tooth’s root and are a stable foundation for a tooth restoration. Once the implant is in place, we can attach a crown, bridge, or denture to your implant.
5. Tooth Extractions
While we always try to save your natural tooth, sometimes extractions are necessary. Extractions are a common procedure to remove severely decayed or damaged teeth that aren’t eligible for a root canal. While extractions may sound scary, modern advances in dentistry have made this process faster and more comfortable than ever before.
Are you in need of one of these top five most common dental procedures, or another treatment? Our goal is to provide you and every patient with a stress-free experience. Contact our office to schedule an appointment or learn more. We look forward to taking care of you!