ROOT CANAL THERAPY
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
What does the treatment involve?
First, an opening is made into the pulp chamber through the crown of the tooth.. Once the pulp is removed, the root canal is thoroughly cleaned. If the dentist decides to complete the root canal therapy in multiple visits, a temporary filling will be placed to protect the tooth. When you return, the dentist will remove the temporary filling, re-clean the root canal and pulp chamber, and place a permanent filling and / or crown over the tooth.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success any many teeth undergoing the procedure can be saved to last a lifetime. Additionally, the crown or filling placed the completion of the procedure makes it hard to notice by others that you had the treatment.
- Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
- Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
- A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
What to expect
Your dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes.
Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow your dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.
Advantages of dental implants
- Implants are extremely natural looking
- Fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable compared to traditional dentures
- They last a lifetime
Disadvantages of dental implants
- Implants are expensive and a major financial investment
- The process of getting implants can be time consuming and requires multiple visits to the dentist
- There is a chance the surgery fails (roughly 5% of the time)
Types of implants
Your dentist will be able to tell you which of the three types of implants is right for you:
- Root form implant: This is the most common type of implant where the screw is shaped like the root of a tooth.
- Plate Form Implant:A plate form implant has a flat and long shape and is better suited for a narrow jawbone.
- Subperiosteal Implants: In some cases where there is not enough bone width or height for the root form or plate form implant, a subperiosteal implant may be prescribed. This type of implant is designed to sit on top of the bone, but under the gums.
DENTURES: FULL & PARTIAL
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- Conventional dentures: Replace all missing teeth in a jaw and rest on the gum tissue
- Conventional overdentures: Replace all missing teeth, rest on the gum tissue, and are also supported with attachment to one or more tooth roots
- Implant overdentures: Replace all missing teeth in a jaw and connect to surgically placed dental implants
- Conventional partial dentures: Replace some missing teeth and are held in place with clasps that wrap around adjacent teeth
- Precision and semi-precision partial dentures (also called attachment partial dentures): Replace some missing teeth and are held in place with mechanical components called attachments
- Impressions or molds of the contour of the mouth, used as a model for the denture
- Extractions to remove any unhealthy teeth
- Implant surgery for those receiving implant overdentures
- Adjustments to achieve the best fit and level of comfort once dentures are placed
- A feeling of fullness in the mouth, face, lips, and/or cheeks, which will subside quickly.
- Temporary minor changes in speech sounds, which will be more apparent to you than to others.
- Tip: Speaking slowly and enunciating precisely helps the tongue and facial muscles adapt more quickly.
- Changes in chewing patterns while getting used to the jaw movements required for chewing with dentures, which may take several weeks.
- Tip: Start with small pieces of soft food, gradually increasing the food’s firmness, and chew food on both sides of the mouth simultaneously with only your back teeth. A small amount of denture adhesive may help to stabilize your dentures.
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GUM DISEASE TREATMENT
Oral and maxillofacial surgery specializes in treating diseases, injuries, and defects around the head, neck, jaw and face area, as well as the hard and soft tissues of the regions of your mouth and jaw. This also includes diagnosing the possibility of TMJ disorders.
This is recognized as a specialty of dentistry and requires several years of education, skill and experience. These surgeries range from corrective jaw surgery, wisdom teeth removal, dental implant and bone grafting procedures.
You may need oral surgery if you're experiencing the following sensations:
- Facial pain (can relate to TMJ/TMD)
- Wisdom teeth pain
- Misaligned jaw
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Reconstructive surgery due to an injury
- Disease/infection in the face, jaw or neck area
If you have any questions about oral surgery, contact our office closest to you.
Dental Office in Hesperia: (760) 947-7777
Dental Office in Rancho Cucamonga: (909) 985-9898