When a tooth has become damaged by either an injury or a large cavity, a root canal is performed to remove the infected pulp within the root. Additionally, root canals may be performed when too little tooth structure remains to allow a crown to be anchored into the root.
A dental exam is where the dentist and/or hygienist will evaluate your overall oral hygiene and health. A dental X-ray is when a dental team member takes a picture of your teeth, bones, and soft tissue to assist in identifying problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw.
A dental implant is a replacement for a tooth root. It is essentially an artificial tooth root that is inserted into your jaw to hold a replaced tooth in place. This may be an option for you if you’ve lost a tooth due to decay or trauma.
The two options for dental implants include:
In the Bone Implants – this type involves surgically placing screws, cylinders or blades into the jawbone that will hold each artificial tooth place.
On the Bone Implants – this type involves placing metal framework on top of the jaw, which expands out to hold the prosthetic tooth.
These are steps taken to take care of the gum area that surround your teeth. This may include professional cleanings, but also at-home care such as brushing, flossing, rinsing, eating right, and visiting your dentist regularly.
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