Tooth decay is one of the most common dental problems. This is generally caused by harmful bacteria that take place in your tooth, creating cavities. The process of removing the harmful bacteria and filling up the cavity is known as a dental filling. Dental fillings can be made out of a variety of materials, each material bringing its unique benefits. These materials include gold, porcelain, a tooth-coloured composite resin, or an amalgam. Talk to Dr. Jaffer to understand which material is best suited for you.
At Emerald Hills Dental Centre, we believe in making the patient comfortable and acquainted with the procedure. Your dentist will explain the whole process in detail so that you know what you are getting into.
The dental filling procedure involves:
Applying a numbing gel and then using a local anesthetic to numb the area
Removing the infected portion of your tooth using a handpiece
Cavity preparation using an acid gel for 10-15 seconds
Rinsing off the gel and placing a coating bond
Air-drying and light-curing the bond using a UV light source
Applying composite filling material of thickness 2mm or less
Curing each increment using the UV light
Shaping and polishing the restoration to ensure the bite and feel is comfortable
If you have lost a tooth due to injury or disease, do not worry. Dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health. An implant is a titanium anchor that is placed surgically into your jawbone to provide a solid base for a crown or bridge. The tooth can be either permanently attached or removable. People prefer permanent teeth over removable ones as they are more stable and feel more like natural teeth.
Before the dentist begins with the implant procedure, your mouth will be first examined with the help of a computed tomography scan for a three-dimensional image of the surrounding teeth and supporting structures. The dentist may also make plaster models of your upper and lower jaws to understand their exact alignment.
The first surgery involves placing the implant in the position that will be best for the restoration. Depending on the stability of the implant, your dentist will place a healing abutment or small metal cylinder on top of it to allow your gingival tissue to heal normally around it.
After about 3 months of the first surgery, the implant will be fully healed to the bone and you will be ready for the restorative phase. The dentist will take impressions to allow for precise fabrication. Implant-supported crowns or bridges would either be screw-retained or cemented to abutments attached to the implants. We advise you to get your implants checked regularly to ensure that they are healthy.
Anybody who is looking for a dental implant should know that a dental implant requires adequate bone support for placement. A bone graft might be required in cases without adequate bone support. Talk to our dentist to understand more about this.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
We are aware of the pain in the gums that makes you want to punch a hole in the wall. This pain can be due to an infected or abscessed tooth. And the only solution to relieve this pain is root canal therapy. Many patients think that root canal therapy is painful, but that’s not the case.
Many-a-times, the pulp part of the tooth, which contains blood vessels and nerve endings, gets infected and the infection causes swelling and intense pain. To provide a sense of relief, your dentist will make a small access hole at the top of your tooth to remove this infected tissue. Once the infection is out, the dentist will seal the hole with a filling. This simple procedure is called root canal therapy.
The root canal therapy procedure involves the following steps:
Cleaning and shaping the root canals to remove any decay.
Filling the root canals using delicate, up-and-down motions with flexible nickel-titanium files
Restoring the tooth by filling the canals with tiny cone-shaped pieces of gutta-percha
Sealing the filling material against the walls of the roots
Placing a crown to provide added strength and durability