Going to the dentist can be nerve-wracking, especially if you’re not sure what to expect. At Ashmore Dental, we believe that understanding common dental procedures can help alleviate some of that anxiety. In this post, we’ll explain some of the most common dental procedures, and what you can expect during and after the procedure.
- Teeth Cleaning: A teeth cleaning, also known as a prophylaxis, is a routine procedure that involves removing plaque and tartar from your teeth. This procedure is typically done every six months and can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. During a teeth cleaning, your dentist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar, and then polish your teeth. After the procedure, your teeth will feel smooth and clean.
- Fillings: A filling is a procedure that is used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay. During a filling, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then fill the area with a filling material, such as composite resin or amalgam. After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, but this typically subsides within a few days.
- Crowns: A crown is a procedure that is used to restore a severely damaged or decayed tooth. During a crown procedure, your dentist will remove the damaged portion of the tooth and then place a cap, or crown, over the remaining tooth. Crowns can be made of various materials such as ceramic, porcelain, metal or a combination of them. After the procedure, your tooth may be sensitive for a few days, but you’ll be able to chew and bite normally.
- Root Canals: A root canal is a procedure that is used to treat a tooth that is infected or inflamed at the root. During a root canal, your dentist will remove the infected tissue and then fill and seal the root canals. After the procedure, you may experience some pain and sensitivity, but this typically subsides within a few days.
- Dental Implants: Dental implant is a procedure that is used to replace missing teeth. A small titanium post is placed into the jawbone, and after some time, an abutment is placed on top of it and then the replacement tooth is attached to it. After the procedure, you may experience some pain and swelling, but this typically subsides within a few days.
In conclusion, understanding common dental procedures can help alleviate some of the anxiety associated with visiting the dentist. At Ashmore Dental, we believe that knowledge is power, and we’re here to help you understand what to expect during and after each procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.