- Root Canals
An extraction is when your dentist removes one or more of your teeth.
When extraction is necessary
Your dentist may extract a tooth for various reasons such as, severe decay, advanced gum disease, impaction (such as wisdom teeth) or injury beyond repair. Once your tooth is extracted, you may experience difficulty in chewing, normal jaw function and problems with your temporomandibular joints, which may affect your overall dental health. Our doctors will offer the best alternatives and replacement options to maintain overall dental health.
Two types of extraction
There are two types of extraction, a simple and a surgical. Using a local anesthetic, and an instrument called an elevator and forceps, your dentist can perform a simple extraction. During a surgical extraction, an oral surgeon will make a small incision into your gum to remove the tooth and possibly surrounding bone. Your doctor will use a local anesthetic as well as general anesthesia to ensure your comfort.
Upper Thornhill Dental Care is a silver/mercury/amalgam-free practice. Although many patients have these types of fillings, they are not particularly attractive. Silver fillings can sometimes lead to fracturing over time, however porcelain fillings can add strength to weakened teeth. Porcelain inlays/onlays and direct/indirect composites a almost unnoticeable in the mouth and very strong thanks to advanced bonding techniques available.
Advantages of Porcelain
Porcelain, or composite resin restorations can be formulated to match the true colour of the rest of your teeth for a natural appearance. Resin fillings bond to teeth, unlike silver fillings, where the tooth is cut to create a uniformed fit.
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures. A root canal can save your natural tooth and prevent extraction.
How is a root canal performed?
Your dentist will perform a root canal when the root of your tooth becomes infected. Infection of the root, if left untreated, can cause deep decay, cracks and long-term damage. If you experience tooth pain and discomfort and have trouble chewing, a root canal may be needed. During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove the infected, or dead root (pulp) from your tooth. First you will receive a local anesthetic, then your dentist will remove the infected area by creating an opening in the tooth. Once cleaned, your dentist will fill and seal the tooth with a filling. The tooth may also require a crown to help bring it back to normal form and function.
Most tooth decay occurs on the deep grooves on the surfaces of the back teeth. Your dentist may choose to apply a sealant to these areas to protect them from decay. Sealants are very thin epoxy resin-based plastic coatings that last years before reapplication is needed.
How are sealants applied?
Applying sealants is a very short and simple procedure. Your dentist will clean your teeth, then apply a gel for a few moments, then wash the gel off and apply the sealant with a brush. It only takes a moment to dry. Both children and adults can benefit from sealants as they contain fluoride to protect every tooth from tooth decay.