UNDERSTAND YOUR OPTIONS FOR DENTAL TREATMENT
Dental treatments are procedures performed by a dentist to diagnose, prevent, and treat various oral health issues, such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. Dental treatments are a crucial aspect of oral health and hygiene. From preventive care to restorative procedures, there are numerous dental treatments available that can help maintain good dental health and improve the appearance of your smile. The type of dental treatment you need will depend on your specific needs and the condition of your oral health. At Woodbourne Dental, our experienced dentists and dental specialists offer a wide range of dental treatments to meet the needs of our patients. Whether you need preventive dental care, restorative treatment, cosmetic dental procedures, or emergency dental care, we are here to help.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF DENTAL TREATMENTS?
Preventive Dental Treatments
Preventive dental treatments aim to maintain good oral health by preventing the development of dental problems such as cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. This includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and fluoride treatments, as well as oral cancer screenings. A dental exam is a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health, which is performed by an experienced dentist or dental specialist. During this exam, the dentist will check for signs of decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems, and make recommendations for preventive care, if necessary.
Restorative Dental Treatments
Dental treatments in this category are designed to restore and repair damaged teeth, or replace missing teeth. This includes dental fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, and dental implants. Fillings are used to repair cavities or other damage to a tooth, while crowns are used to restore damaged or decayed teeth to restore its shape, size, and strength. Crowns can be made of various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and gold, and are placed over your damaged tooth as a cover. Dentures are removable artificial teeth, used to replace either a few missing teeth or a whole set of teeth. Bridges are typically used to fill the gaps left by one or two missing teeth with artificial teeth. Dental implants are surgically placed into your jawbone, to replace a missing tooth with a permanent, artificial tooth.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments
Cosmetic dental treatments are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. This includes teeth whitening, veneers, and orthodontic treatments. Teeth whitening is used to brighten discoloured or stained teeth, while veneers are used to cover up cosmetic imperfections, such as discoloration and fractures, in your teeth. Orthodontic treatments, such as metal braces, retainers, and Invisalign, are used to correct misaligned teeth and jaws, resulting in a more appealing smile.
Emergency Dental Treatments
Emergency dental treatments include urgent dental care to address dental problems that require immediate attention. This includes extractions, root canal treatments, and emergency tooth repair. Extractions are performed when a tooth is too damaged to be saved, while root canal treatments are used to repair and save infected or damaged teeth. Emergency tooth repair is performed to address dental problems that require immediate attention, such as a broken or chipped tooth. Periodontal therapy is a treatment for gum disease, which is an infection of the gums and surrounding tissue that support the teeth. Periodontal therapy can range from deep cleaning to more advanced surgical procedures.