Root Canal Fillings at Dobson Dental often put patients to sleep! Yes, you read it correctly! It really doesn’t have to be awful. If a tooth becomes infected and you need a root canal treatment, we are very happy to explain the process to you thoroughly first.
In short however, the inflamed or dead nerve tissue inside the tooth is removed, which allows a tooth that was causing pain, to be kept instead of extracted. The inside of the tooth and roots are then disinfected and shaped to be filled.
Full treatment usually takes three visits over about three months until the infection is fully treated, and healing is underway, then usually a crown is needed soon after.
Veneers are tooth coloured restorations, usually placed on front teeth to improve aesthetics. They can either be made directly on your teeth, or indirectly in the laboratory and cemented onto your teeth later. Porcelain veneers are very thin, delicate, translucent sheets of porcelain. They are made precisely to fit areas of front teeth that have been shaped by the dentist. Usually some tooth does need to be removed for these veneers. They work well to change colour or shape of teeth, or make all the front teeth more attractive. The dentist prepares the teeth and takes the impressions, then the veneers are made at a Dental Laboratory, and so are called ‘indirect’.
Resin veneers are usually called ‘direct’ veneers, as they are made directly on your teeth with you in the dental chair. They are also tooth coloured, and can also work well to help change shape and colour of teeth, and make all front teeth and the smile in general more attractive. These veneers are usually done with no local anesthetic, as generally no tooth structure needs to be removed.
So just how are ‘ tooth crowns’ and ‘ tooth bridges’ related?
Well, both are essentially tooth coloured porcelain restorations, used to strengthen severely broken down teeth.
Dental Crowns are like a deep hat, that completely covers a tooth, to hold it together and give it strength. Some of the outside and top of the tooth must first be removed to make room to put the crown on, so that the final tooth and crown is the same size as the original tooth was.
Dental Bridges are one or more Dental Crowns linked together that ‘bridge’ a space where a tooth is missing, with a porcelain tooth. They are a great option to replace a missing tooth when one or both teeth adjacent to the missing tooth needs a crown.
Dental Implants are used to replace lost teeth.
Implants are artificial tooth roots that often look a bit like ‘screws’, that are placed into the jawbone. They are then attached to a crown, so they look and function similar to a real tooth.
At Dobson Dental, we don’t place dental implants, but we do treatment plans including them, and we have great teams of specialists we work with who do place them. We believe that dental implants are such an intricate and specialized field, that they should only be managed by specialists who have the highest training in this area, and who perform this treatment daily.
We have lots of information about dental implants, and how they may be an option for you, and integrated into your smile, and treatment plan.
What, I hear you ask, is a smile rehabilitation?
Well, if you have had a severe grinding/clenching (bruxism) habit for years, and worn your teeth all very short, you may not see your teeth much when you talk or smile, or maybe they just look really flat. ………You need a smile rehabilitation!
Or………maybe you’ve had so many different fillings over the years in all your teeth, and they all look totally different colours and shapes, and you don’t like to smile in photos……You need a smile rehabilitation!
There are other reasons too, but basically, we rebuild and fix up most of your teeth to make them all match and look natural and lovely! We want you to smile with confidence again!