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The Top 10 Most Common Dental Procedures and What to Expect

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Maintaining good dental health is essential for overall health and wellbeing. However, despite regular brushing and flossing, dental problems can still arise, and professional dental procedures may be necessary to fix them. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 10 most common dental procedures and what to expect during each procedure.

Fillings:

A dental filling is a procedure used to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the cavity with a composite resin material. The procedure is usually quick, and patients can expect to return to their normal routine immediately after the appointment.

Crowns:

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape, size, and strength. The procedure involves reshaping the tooth, taking an impression of it, and creating a custom-made crown. Patients may experience some sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, but this typically subsides within a few days.

Root Canal:

A root canal is a procedure used to treat a tooth infection that has spread to the root of the tooth. During the procedure, the dentist will remove the infected tissue and replace it with a filling. Patients may experience some discomfort after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Teeth Whitening:

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure used to lighten the colour of the teeth. The procedure involves applying a bleaching agent to the teeth, which is activated by a special light. Patients can expect to see results within a few days, and the procedure is generally pain-free.

Dental Implants:

A dental implant is a procedure used to replace missing teeth. The procedure involves surgically placing a titanium post into the jawbone, which acts as a replacement for the tooth root. After a healing period, a crown is placed over the post to complete the procedure. Patients may experience some discomfort after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

Dental Bridges:

A dental bridge is a procedure used to replace one or more missing teeth. The procedure involves creating a bridge made up of two or more crowns, which are anchored to the adjacent teeth. Patients may experience some discomfort after the procedure, but this typically subsides within a few days.

Dentures:

Dentures are a removable prosthetic used to replace missing teeth. The procedure involves taking an impression of the patient’s mouth to create a custom-made set of dentures. Patients may experience some discomfort when first wearing dentures, but this usually subsides within a few days.

Extractions:

A tooth extraction is a procedure used to remove a damaged or decayed tooth. The procedure is typically quick and straightforward, and patients can expect to return to their normal routine immediately after the appointment.

Inlays and Onlays:

Inlays and onlays are procedures used to repair damaged or decayed teeth that cannot be treated with a filling. The procedure involves creating a custom-made restoration that is placed onto the tooth. Patients may experience some sensitivity or discomfort after the procedure, but this typically subsides within a few days.

Gum Surgery:

Gum surgery is a procedure used to treat gum disease. The procedure involves removing the infected tissue and recontouring the gums to promote healing. Patients may experience some discomfort after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

These are the top 10 most common dental procedures and what to expect during each procedure. If you are experiencing any dental problems, it is important to seek professional advice and treatment to maintain good oral health. Remember to practice good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly to prevent dental problems from arising. At Brinkley Dental we’re happy to be an ongoing part of supporting your wellness journey and as part of that we’ll also leave you with our usual friendly reminder: “Don’t forget to be a BFF with your mouth and brush that smile!”

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