Removing the Fear: Common Dental Procedures
The dentist is often a frightening thing to most people. When someone hears dentist, one of the first things they think of is pain, but really most dentist procedures don’t hurt at all thanks to developments in technologies and anesthetics. Unfortunately many people don’t know that, and often have no idea about even the most common of dental procedures since they avoid going to the dentist as much as possible, which is a shame because going to the dentist every now and then can give you a great and attractive smile.
For starters, there is teeth whitening, a process that can be done often with over the counter products from nearly any drug store. Although these products may work, compared to how a dentist can perform the job, they trifle in comparison. Teeth eventually lose their brightness, sometimes due to food, tobacco, or even just age. It happens because the enamel on your teeth wears down, revealing the darker parts of your teeth. Unfortunately, enamel is important to having healthy teeth, and many over the counter products do nothing to treat the real problem as they can damage the enamel, or only have temporary effects. A dentist can perform the job and it can often last as long as five years.
Another procedure that few know about is the installation of crowns and bridges. Life takes a toll on all of us, often leaving us with damaged teeth, and in order to keep an attractive smile we often need to have corrective surgery. One way to do that is to get crowns and bridges placed. A crown is a piece that goes over your original damaged tooth made from a mold that covers it. They can often last 8 years or more as long as you take good care of them. Bridges are similar to dentures in that they keep your pre-existing teeth and crowns attached to each other.
Finally there are the dreaded root canals. Most people don’t even know what it is or why it is required. A root canal is needed when the inner root canals of your teeth are infected and threaten to infect the entire tooth, often due to letting a cavity get out of control. To fix the problem, a hole is drilled into the tooth and the infected tissue is removed, the hole is then filled, completing the procedure. It sounds very painful but with local anesthetics a person really doesn’t feel anything.