Dentist, Common Dental Procedures

There are 3 reasons why you should see your cosmetic dentist in Philadelphia. One, when your teeth and gums are healthy. Two, when you are exhibiting symptoms of oral problems and three, when you are dissatisfied with your smile. Thankfully, the dental industry offers numerous services that are guaranteed to suit your needs, lifestyle and budget. The following are some of the most common dental procedures today.

Bonding – bonding is recommended for patients whose teeth are severely discolored, fractured, chipped or decayed. It may also be used to close unsightly tooth gaps. In a dental bonding procedure, your dentist will apply layers of composite resin on your teeth. A tint will be added to ensure that the color of the resin resembles the shade of your natural teeth. The layers of resin are hardened using a UV light. After the resin has hardened, it will be shaped and polished to look smooth and natural.

Braces – braces is an orthodontic treatment prescribed for individuals who have crowded and crooked teeth. It may also be used to treat malocclusion. Through the application of steady and gentle pressure braces will move your teeth until they reach the desired position.

Dental Implants – people who have lost their teeth weather due to decay or facial trauma can have their missing teeth permanently replaced through dental implants. Implants consist of biocompatible metal posts that are shaped like screws. In this procedure, an oral surgeon will create small incisions along your gums to expose the jawbone underneath. A special tool is used to drill holes in the jawbone. These holes are needed to accommodate the metal posts. Once the implants have successfully integrated with the jawbone, the abutments and dental crowns will be placed to fully restore your smile.

Dental crowns – a dental crown is a tooth cap that your dentist will fit over your tooth. Dental crowns are used to conceal decayed, broken, stained and misshaped teeth. It takes several dental visits to complete a dental crown placement. Dental crowns are made from different materials like porcelain, metal, porcelain bonded to metal and acrylic.

Tooth extraction – one of the most common dental procedures is a tooth extraction. Every day, thousands of tooth extractions are performed in America. There are plenty of reasons why your dentist would recommend an extraction. It’s usually when a tooth becomes severely damaged that even a root canal therapy can’t save it. It may also be performed to eliminate overcrowding or to remove an impacted tooth before it creates infection.

Fillings – dental fillings are used to repair teeth that have been damaged as a result of trauma or cavities.

Root Canals – when a tooth gets cracked, decayed or injured it can result to a tooth infection. A tooth infection that has reached the pulp can be treated through root canal therapy. In this procedure, your endodontist will remove the infected pulp, clean the area and fill it up with gutta-percha and then finally seal the tooth to close it.

Oral Cancer Screening – oral cancer can stem in your throat, tongue or mouth. Millions of Americans die of oral cancer each year. The good news is that oral cancer can be prevented through early treatment. This is the reason why regular dental checkups are vital so that your dentist can check your mouth for signs and symptoms of oral cancer. The earlier the cancer is detected the earlier the treatment is given thus, stopping it from metastasizing.

Takeaway

Don’t be too confident that just because there are solutions to every dental problem you can neglect your oral health. You can avoid unnecessary trips to the dentist if you follow the advice of your dentist by keeping your teeth and gums clean daily.

Dr. Gerald Regni
Dr Gerald Regni, DMD, has been practicing dentistry for over 30 years. He does general and cosmetic dentistry, but has a special interest and focus in biological and holistic dentistry. He can be contacted at:

Dr. Gerald Regni, DMD
937 Christian St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 351-9399

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