Types of Dental Treatments ExplainedWritten by Advice Team on September 14, 2016
Attending a dentist appointment can be scary for some, more so when you’re informed of a specific dental procedure you may have to have; fillings, braces or even a root canal. There are a large number of dental treatments which are carried out by dentists, but do you understand what they entail? This is a guide to the main dental treatments available, as well as recommended dental products suitable for use after such treatments.
Having a tooth removed can also be referred to as a ‘tooth extraction’ and is a treatment which is carried out for various reasons; a broken tooth, to allow other teeth to grow, or even because of damage caused by decay. Teeth are removed with reason, and if your dentist is able to fix a tooth with any other type of dental treatment, extraction will typically be the final option to be considered.
Teeth whitening is a cosmetic dental procedure which has no effect on your overall oral health. It is becoming a more popular procedure which many now carry out in the comfort of their own homes, and can be easily achieved for some with the regular use of whitening toothpastes and a recommended electric toothbrush. However, if you are having your teeth whitened professionally, there are various cosmetic procedures that can be chosen; laser whitening or power whitening. Treatments can last up to an hour, with some requiring at home maintenance too.
Bridges are a way of replacing a missing tooth by placing a fixed, removable denture in the gap where your tooth once sat. They are fixed in place by either being supported by your natural teeth, or if that is not possible, by implants. What are implants? These are metal frames which are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums, acting as an anchor for the bridge, to hold it in place.
The procedure of a filling is done to repair a hole in a tooth to prevent any further damage being caused. One of the most common types of fillings is an amalgam; a mixture of metals including copper, silver and tin. White fillings are also available which look more natural, but your dentist will offer the most appropriate type for you. The Philips PowerUp Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush is safe and easy to use on fillings, as well as other treatments such as braces, crowns and veneers.
Many of us during our teenage years, but even into adulthood, have experienced having braces. This is an orthodontic treatment which is carried out to straighten and move teeth to improve the overall appearance. There are other treatments available for straightening teeth, which is designed for adults, which are invisible braces which are made of clear plastic. As adults wearing braces, some want these to be discreet without the use of metal or ceramic being on show. Therefore, although they are a more costly option, these are designed as an alternative.
Dentures, or false teeth as they are otherwise known, are fitted in place of your natural teeth. You can get full sets to replace all your teeth, or for small sections that are missing. Dentures are easily removable so you can clean them. Note that part dentures can be brushed at the same time as your natural teeth without the need to remove them. A full set of dentures however do need to be removed and soaked in cleaning solution.
Dental veneers are thin pieces of strong ceramic or a resin material that are bonded to the teeth. They are used for various reasons, such as repairing chipped, decayed or stained teeth, or to even help close gaps between teeth if braces are not an option.