What Are Implants, Bleaching, Root Canal Treatment, Artificial Teeth, Ceramic Teeth, All Ceramic Teeth

Risks Benefits of Dental Implants

  • Long-term solution – dental implants are surgically placed in the jaw, and eventually integrate with the bone, becoming a solid fixture in the mouth.
  • Improve functionality – eating, speaking, and even smiling can become cumbersome tasks when teeth are missing. Dental implants restore the ability to chew and talk more easily and comfortably.
  • Strength and durability – implants and restorations are extremely strong and durable. Patients need not avoid certain foods, as implants and restorations can function similar to natural teeth.
  • Enhance appearance – an incomplete smile, unfortunately, often isn't the most beautiful of smiles. Dental implants can create a full, brilliant, beautiful smile that patients love.
  • Boost self confidence – when people look good, they feel good, and it is apparent to the rest of the world. Creating a gorgeous smile can elevate one's self-esteem and overall zest for life.
  • Restore facial structure – missing teeth can cause the face to appear concaved. Dental implants can help rebuild the facial framework to its correct state.
  • Natural look and feel – patients eventually become unaware of the implants, as they will look and feel similar to the way their natural teeth once did.
  • Improve oral health – missing teeth can cause a host of oral health problems when left untreated, such as shifting of the natural teeth, gum disease, gum recession, TMJ disorder, or bone loss.
  • Improve general health – when the teeth are missing, patients often can't comfortably eat certain nutritious foods, and therefore their overall health is compromised. Additionally, missing teeth have been said to be directly linked to up to 80% of patient's poor health.
  • Easy maintenance – patients must care for their dental implants as they would their natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups.
  • Comfort – dental implants are more comfortable than removable prosthesis, which tend to move around and cause difficulty eating and speaking. Implants are easier to take care of and more comfortable than conventional bridgework.
  • Dental Implant Risks

    There are very few risks associated with dental implants, especially with an experienced dentist like Dr. Beck. The placement of dental implants involves oral surgery; therefore the patient may experience some pain, swelling, bruising, and bleeding following each procedure.

    Dental Bleaching

    Dental bleaching, also known as tooth whitening, is a common procedure in general dentistry. According to the FDA, whiteningrestores natural tooth color and bleaching whitens beyond the natural color. There are many methods available, such as brushing, bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, and laser bleaching. Teeth whitening has become the most requested procedure incosmetic dentistry today. More than 100 million Americans whiten their teeth one way or another; spending an estimated $15 billion in 2010.[1]

    Bleaching methods use carbamide peroxide which reacts with water to form hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide has about a third of the strength of hydrogen peroxide. This means that a 15% solution of carbamide peroxide is the rough equivalent of a 5% solution of hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide oxidizing agent penetrates the porosities in the rod-like crystal structure of enamel and breaks down stain deposits in the dentin. Power bleaching uses light to accelerate the process of bleaching in a dental office. Another bleaching agent is 6-phthalimido peroxy hexanoic acid (PAP).

    Root Canal Therapy

    Root canal therapy refers to a treatment in which your dentist removes the bacteria infection that has entered your tooth's pulp or nerve chamber.

    Why would you need a root canal? There are several reasons why your tooth may become irritated and inflamed, such as: deep decay, big fillings, trauma to the tooth, a chipped tooth or even repeated dental work.

    Once your dentist has identified the infection inside your tooth you may be wondering what other options you have besides getting a root canal. The first is to do nothing. However, if the bacteria are not removed it will work its way to the tip of the root and eventually into your bone. Once it does, it will cause an abscess and infection. Obviously this course of action, or inaction, is not recommended.

    Your second choice is to extract or remove the tooth. Be aware if you simply extract the tooth, the space caused by the missing tooth will cause the surrounding teeth to shift into that space. This shift could cause a miss alignment in your mouth that can result in problems with your jaw. In addition, these shifted teeth are harder to clean, making them more susceptible to gum disease, decay or even additional tooth loss.

    If you do elect to pull the tooth your best plan would be to replace it with a dental appliance such as an implant or a bridge. This of course would add more expense to the treatment in addition to the loss of your tooth.

    Root Canal Treatment

    First a local anesthetic is adminstered to numb the tooth so that the procedure is more comfortable. Next, your dentist will place a protective shield or a rubber dam to keep the tooth clean and saliva free.

    Once numbness sets in, an opening is made through the top part of the tooth. Root canal files are used to clean and shape the inside of the canals and prepare the root canal for a final filling material. During the process a cleansing solution is used to help clean out any remaining bacteria or tooth debris. X-rays may also be taken periodically during the procedure to inform your dentist of the ongoing process.

    When the root canal filling is performed, it is generally done by placing a rubber-like material with a sealer that fills the entire length of the root canal. A temporary filling is then placed on the tooth.

    Please keep in mind that root canal therapy treats the diseased pulp of the tooth, but the treatment is not complete until the tooth is restored to a functional stage. This means a crown, or a similar type of dental work is necessary to make the tooth operational again.

    Risks Associated With Root Canal Therapy

    After completion of root canal therapy you might feel some discomfort for few days following the treatment. To alleviate the discomfort you can follow your dentist's recommendation on taking an over the counter pain medication. In more extreme cases your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic and prescription-strength pain reliever to help reduce any remaining infection.

    Following root canal therapy you should never chew directly on the repaired tooth until its final restoration has occurred or your tooth may crack. Also, keep in mind that the longer you wait to complete the final restoration the more likely bacteria will reinfect the treated canal requring the therapy to be performed all over again.

    Root canal therapy, like every other treatment, is not free of unknowns and complications. There is a possibility that during the procedure a shaping file could break and get stuck in the root canal or that the root of the tooth fractures. In other cases a good seal may not be achieved due to the shape of the root. Lastly, it is possible to miss a hidden root or an extra canal that is in need of treatment. Of course these complications are the exceptions not the norm.

    In the event that root canal therapy is unsuccessful, your dentist can discuss alternative options including repeating the treatment or extracting the infected tooth.

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