Restore your smile and your health with Hyde Park Dental Care
From root canal treatment to dental implants, Hyde Park Dental Care can help restore the function and aesthetics of your smile. Replacing a missing tooth, a root canal treatment or getting a crown is really more about maintaining optimal health than it is about looking good.
3 Restorative Dental Treatments to Help you…
As with our blog on cosmetic dentistry let’s start with the most popular treatment and go from there: although it does seem a bit strange to think of a treatment like restorative dentistry as popular.
1. Dental Implants
Turns out, as far as restorative treatments go this is one of the most popular. Dental implants are better for you and are long-term and cost-effective. When we say that dental implants are better for you, we mean they are the healthiest artificial tooth option currently available.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically inserted into the jaw. The biocompatible nature of the titanium alloy used allows your jaw and the implant to bond—this forms the artificial tooth root that the artificial tooth will be attached to.
The benefits of dental implants are:
- Prevents teeth twisting to fill the gap
- Helps retain the jawbone
- Decreases chance of gum tissue shrinkage
The only thing better than a dental implant is your natural tooth.
Dental implants take two appointments spread several months apart. The first appointment is where the titanium implant is surgically inserted into the jaw. Then when the implant and your jaw have fused together, (this is why the appointments are months apart) the prosthetic tooth is attached to the implant and you have a functionally and aesthetically pleasing result!
2. Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are porcelain caps that cover a tooth. A porcelain crown can protect a tooth that has split or had a root canal treatment. A dental crown works by removing the damaged part of the tooth and covering it with the dental crown.
A dental crown takes two appointments:
- During your first appointment a mould will be taken and your crown made. Then your tooth will be shaped and a temporary crown will be placed over your tooth.
- At the next appointment your temporary cap is taken off and the porcelain crown is cemented into place.
Bridges are an effective treatment if you are missing more than one tooth. Bridges work by being attached to crowns on either side of the gap.
3. Root Canal Treatment
There is still the misconception that root canal treatment will result in tooth extraction. The point of a root canal treatment is to save your tooth.
A root canal treatment removes infected nerve tissue thereby saving the tooth. Another misconception about root canal treatment is that it is painful. The truth is it shouldn’t be any more painful than a dental filling, especially because the root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthetic to minimise pain.
How do you know if you’ve got infected nerve tissue? Here are some symptoms:
- Severe gum disease
- Deep tooth decay
- Tenderness when chewing
- Toothache and sensitiveness
- Swelling of the gums
- Swelling of the face