Whether you want to make your smile look great or repair a broken or damaged tooth, understanding more about how and why your dentist chooses the best dental procedure for you can help you feel more comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Find out more about some of the most common dental procedures with Dr. Linda Trotter in Jacksonville, FL.
Dental fillings are one of the most common and simple dental procedures available. When tooth decay begins eating away at the tooth, it begins on the outside enamel layer and works its way inward. When the decay has not yet reached the tooth’s inner pulp chamber, your dentist can repair it with a dental filling. The procedure simply removes the decayed area of the tooth and fills it in with composite resin materials.
Root Canal Therapy
Dentists uses root canals for more advanced decay which has reached the tooth’s inner pulp chamber which houses the tooth’s nerve. When the nerve becomes infected, it causes a toothache. A root canal treats the decay by removing the decayed tissues from inside of the tooth along with the tooth’s root, cleaning out the infection and instantly eliminating the toothache. Your dentist will then fill the tooth using composite resin materials and cap it off with a dental crown to protect it from further damage.
Dental sealants are a great way to help prevent procedures like dental fillings and root canals by nipping tooth decay in the bud. Sealants themselves are a thin layer of plastic coating, placed onto the deep, naturally occurring grooves on the biting surfaces of the molars. These grooves make perfect breeding grounds for decay-causing bacteria and are a perfect place for food particles to become lodged. By evening out the grooves, it is easier to remove these elements from the tooth, preventing it from growing into decay.
Some people, unfortunately, lose their teeth due to trauma or even untreated decay. A missing tooth can cause self-esteem issues and affect the mouth’s bite enough to make eating and chewing more difficult. Dental implants replace a missing tooth along with its root. Your dentist places the implant into the jawbone where the bone grows around the implant to hold it permanently in place.
For more information on these dental services and more, please contact Dr. Linda Trotter at her office in Jacksonville, FL. Call (904) 389-3451 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Trotter today!
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