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Answers About Dental Treatments You Need To Know FAQ

Dental Implant  - Aesthetic -  Hollywood Smile - Veneers

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth-colored porcelain or glass/plastic layers fixed onto the front of your teeth that can be a suitable option if you have teeth with gaps, that are stained, discolored, broken or chipped, crowded-in or crooked, oddly-shaped or badly-aligned.

Veneers are a quick way to a beautiful smile, and this treatment is perfect for people with teeth that are stained, chipped, or have gaps.

Veneers are however largely a permanent treatment and having them placed is a big decision. Before you and your dentist decide the procedure is right for you, it’s important to get the right information about veneers, their cost, and how best to care for them.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is structured on a thin, metal rod, usually made from titanium; this is buried in the bone and acts an artificial tooth root by forming an attachment for a replacement tooth.

Following insertion into the bone, it is left in the gum tissue to heal. When healing is complete, it is uncovered; a small metal post is connected and that is what secures and supports the artificial tooth.

The length of time it takes for dental implant treatments depends on the type of bone and the location of the tooth; it can take from a few months to over 9 months. The time-frame will be lengthened if bone grafting or bone growth is needed.

What is a Root Canal?

The term root canal describes the process of cleaning the canals that comprise the tooth’s root.

A root canal treatment is a procedure that enables the patient to keep a tooth that otherwise would have to be taken out.  This kind of treatment is necessary when the pulp tissue (nerve) inside the tooth has become diseased and irreversibly damaged.  During a root canal the dentist makes an opening in the top and cleans the necrotic (dead) or diseased tissue and bacteria inside the root of the tooth. The space left after cleaning is filled with an inert filling material in order to prevent future leakage of bacteria into the void from saliva.  After the cleaning and filling of the tooth has been finished, the dentist will put in a new filling or crown the tooth.

The need for a root canal is caused by trauma to the tooth, dental caries (tooth decay) and coronal cracks.

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