Common Dental Procedures Your General Dentist Can Perform to Fully Restore Your Smile

Common Dental Procedures Your General Dentist Can Perform to Fully Restore Your Smile

Feb 01, 2021

A general dentist is trained in performing a comprehensive array of dental procedures. From diagnosis to treatment, your dentist can aid with complete tooth restoration. As an expert in the field, our dentist in Manchester can treat all tooth problems, whether through preventive or reparative measures.

7 Common General Dentistry Procedures and Treatments

1. Fillings

When plaque and tartar linger on your teeth and are untreated, they accumulate bacteria. This eventually turns into tooth decay—one of the most prevalent dental problems in the U.S.—with over 91% of adults over the age of 20 incurring cavities at least once in their lives.

Cavities rarely, if at all, stop spreading on their own. The only way to keep dental carries from widening or transferring to other teeth is by removing parts of the affected tooth. Afterward, fillings are put in place for the tooth’s structure to remain intact.

2. Root Canals

Patients have the misconception that root canal therapies are excruciating and uncomfortable. But the fact is that with extensive improvements in dental technology, you will not feel pain during the procedure itself.

If the pulp tissue becomes infected, a root canal procedure will remove the infection from the tooth’s root chamber.

Regular fillings will no longer suffice for this kind of condition. Instead, antibacterial fillings replace the removed tooth parts and are covered with a prosthetic tooth cap to further protect the tooth.

3. Crowns

Dental crowns are “crowned” or “capped” over a tooth that is severely damaged, either due to injury or tooth decay. Metal, composite resin (the same type used for fillings), and porcelain are the common materials in molding the crown. Each material has unique characteristics.

Porcelain is the preferred option because its appearance is similar to that of real teeth. It is also durable and resilient to biting pressure.

You can ask your dentist about which dental crown material is ideal for your specific situation.

4. Bonding

In dental bonding, a tooth-colored resin is cemented on the surface of teeth to repair small cracks, chips, and stains. It can also re-shape the tooth’s size if it is uneven compared to the rest of your teeth.

Dental bonding is generally more economical compared to other general or cosmetic procedures. In addition, it can be done in a single appointment. However, it requires careful maintenance as it is less durable and less resilient to food and drinks stains compared to dental veneers or dental crowns.

5. Implants

A dental implant is a surgical procedure that completely replaces a damaged tooth or fills in tooth gaps. To replace a severely decayed tooth, a tooth extraction will be necessary as the implant has to be embedded into the jaw.

The implant post, which is the base of the fixture, will be drilled down into the bone. This is followed by the abutment and the screw. Finally, the prosthetic tooth or dental crown will be placed on top.

A dental implant procedure is more invasive than other treatment options and may take several months from start to finish.

6. Dentures

Dentures are among the oldest types of dental devices, but they continue to be an effective treatment for tooth replacement. Many improvements have been made on dentures over the decades so that they provide the utmost comfort when worn while having an aesthetic similar to real teeth.

Traditional or complete dentures are for patients who do not have remaining teeth on their gum line. And partial dentures are for those who have only a handful of tooth gaps that necessitate filling.

7. Bridges

A dental bridge is a device that can replace one or more teeth. The tray of a dental bridge has two to three prosthetic teeth. The prosthetic tooth that is to fill the tooth gap is called the pontic.

The tooth to be substituted with the pontic needs to be located next to one or two adjacent healthy teeth. These natural teeth will serve as “anchors” to hold the bridge in place.

For more information about the services our general dentist can provide, please contact Manchester Dental Group. We would be happy to schedule you for a consultation with our dentist near you.

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