The Most Common Dental Procedures Explained

At our dental practice, we know that understanding the most common dental procedures is an important part of maintaining good oral health. We are committed to providing our patients with comprehensive care, and that includes explaining each procedure and its benefits in detail with Fountain Valley Dentist. In this article, we’ll go over the most common dental procedures and what you can expect from each one.

1. Dental Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. During a cleaning, a dental hygienist will use special tools to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. They will also floss and polish your teeth to give them a smooth, clean feeling. Dental cleanings are recommended twice a year for most patients.

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2. Fillings

If you have a cavity, a filling may be necessary to restore your tooth. During this procedure, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill it with a durable material, such as composite resin or amalgam. Fillings are a common and straightforward procedure that can usually be completed in just one appointment.

3. Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that is performed when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected or inflamed. This can cause severe pain and may lead to an abscess if left untreated. During a root canal, the dentist will remove the infected tissue, clean the area, and fill the root canals with a special material. A crown is often placed on the tooth after the procedure to restore its strength and protect it from further damage.

4. Extractions

Sometimes a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be saved with a filling or root canal. In these cases, the tooth will need to be extracted. The dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area, then carefully remove the tooth. Depending on the location and condition of the tooth, a replacement may be recommended, such as a dental implant or bridge.

5. Crowns

A crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape and function. Crowns are often recommended after a root canal or when a tooth is severely damaged. They can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, or metal. The dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create a custom crown that fits perfectly and looks natural.

6. Bridges

A bridge is a dental restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth that are anchored to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Bridges are a great option for patients who want to restore their smile and improve their ability to eat and speak.

7. Implants

Dental implants are a popular option for replacing missing teeth. They consist of a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jawbone, which acts as an artificial root for a replacement tooth. Implants are a permanent solution that look and function like natural teeth.

8. Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a cosmetic procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. During this procedure, the dentist will apply a special bleaching agent to your teeth, which will remove stains and discoloration. Teeth whitening can be done in the office or with a take-home kit, and results can last for several months with proper care.

9. Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces for patients who want to straighten their teeth. Invisalign uses clear aligners that are custom-made for each patient to gradually shift their teeth into the desired position. The aligners are removable, making it easier to eat and clean your teeth during treatment.