Here at North Pointe Dental Associates, we provide our Dental Procedures both with cosmetic and general dentistry services. In this blog post, we will discuss the most common dental procedures and how they affect oral health.
Dental health is one of the most important aspects of overall health. Many experts believe that oral health is a predictor of overall health. That’s why it’s so important to visit the dentist regularly for checkups and preventive care.
Dental cleanings are one of the most common dental procedures. This is a routine procedure that helps to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that can cause cavities, gingivitis, and other oral health problems. Tartar is hardened plaque that has become lodged in the teeth. Dental cleanings help to prevent these problems by removing the plaque and tartar before they can do any damage.
Fluoride treatments are another common dental procedure. Fluoride is a mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel and prevent cavities. During a fluoride treatment, a dentist will apply a fluoride gel to the teeth using a small brush or tray. The gel will then be left on the teeth for a few minutes before being rinsed off. Fluoride treatments are usually recommended for children and adults who are at high risk for cavities.
Dental sealants are another common dental procedure. Sealants are thin, plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Sealants help to prevent cavities by keeping food and bacteria from getting into the tiny crevices in the teeth. Sealants can last for several years, but they will need to be replaced if they become worn or damaged.
Dental X-rays help to detect problems with the teeth that cannot be seen with the naked eye. They can also help to diagnose problems with the jawbone. Dental X-rays are usually taken once every two years for adults and once a year for children.
Fillings are another common dental procedure. Fillings are used to treat cavities. Cavities occur when the tooth enamel is damaged and bacteria begin to grow in the opening. Fillings help to restore the tooth to its normal shape and function. There are several different types of fillings, including amalgam (silver), composite (tooth-colored), and gold.
Crowns are used to protect a tooth that has been damaged or is too weak to support a filling. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are usually made of porcelain, gold, or a composite material.
Dentures are also a very common dental procedure. Dentures are used to replace missing teeth. They can be full or partial dentures. Full dentures replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw, while partial dentures replace only some of the teeth. Dentures are usually made of acrylic or porcelain.
Dental implants are small metal rods that are surgically implanted into the jawbone to support a replacement tooth (or teeth). Implants can be used to support a single tooth, several teeth, or a full set of dentures.
Root canals are another common dental procedure. Root canals are used to treat teeth that have been damaged or infected. During a root canal, the dentist will remove the damaged or infected tissue from inside the tooth and then fill the space with a special material. Root canals are usually done to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
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These are just some of the most common dental procedures. Regular dental checkups and preventive care can help you avoid many of these problems altogether. And if you do need one of these procedures, we will discuss all of your options with you so that you can make an informed decision about your treatment. Oral health is important for overall health, so be sure to schedule your next checkup today!