Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tooth Loss And The Dental Bridge

Over the years dealing with tooth loss has become something that most people aren’t afraid of anymore.

emergencydentist sacramento058 150x150 Tooth Loss And The Dental BridgeSure, it is inconvenient and can be costly but there is always an option out there to compensate for missing teeth or getting teeth taken out.

That is what makes the dental industry so great, they just keep advancing!

If teeth aren’t replaced the person runs the risk of their other teeth shifting to fill in the gap, this can result in problems with the bite or crooked teeth.

Neither of which is appealing to the eye or easy to live with.  Many dentists are using dental bridges now to fill the space between teeth.

Basically what they do is bridge the gap between two existing teeth with an artificial bridge and tooth.  These bridges strengthen the teeth that they are attached to with the use of crowns.

Usually people can’t tell when someone gets a bridge, because it looks and behaves like a normal tooth most people just think that it looks like a nice smile.

The bridges are constructed at the dentists office using a mold of your existing teeth, and gap, and sent off to a lab where the actual bridge is constructed.

After it is sent back it is only one short dentist visit and then you are all good to go.

Dentists are able to identify the best procedures for filling in missing teeth.  There are always options out there for people that are just looking to live with a normal smile and function in everyday life.

Dental bridges are a fairly common procedure done by dentists to ensure that their patients experience a higher quality of life after a tooth replacement.

Root Canals – When Is It Time To Get A Root Canal?

Root canals are probably the most dreaded of all dental procedures.

emergency dentist sacramento09 150x150 Root Canals   When Is It Time To Get A Root Canal?Getting a root canal consists of removing all the inner parts of the tooth to kill and prevent any future infection or damage to a tooth.  Pulp chambers are the centers in teeth that contain cells, nerves, and the blood supply.

The pulp chambers are removed along with the root, the tooth is then cleaned and filled with compounds to strengthen the tooth.

Technically the tooth is dead after the root canal, but because it has been preserved it should last and function for a very long time.  The reason that root canals are an important, although unfortunate, procedure is that once infection reaches the pulp or root of a tooth it is highly likely that the infection and decay will continue to spread.

In that case invasive surgery is required to kill off the infection and save whatever is possible of the tooth, and surrounding teeth.

Usually people know ahead of time if they are going to need to get a root canal.  Some of the signs that a person may need a root canal are: having a history of tooth decay, inflammation, bleeding, soreness, cracking, and previous dental work falling apart.  Also, if there is a known infection in a tooth it is likely that a person will get a root canal.

Root canals can be painful because not only is a large section of nerve and pulp removed but the drilling can cause inflammation.  If the infection is bad enough a dentist may put their patient on antibiotics to continue to fight the infection from the inside.

Pressure builds up in teeth which can cause pinches nerves and even greater pain.  But in the long run, getting a root canal is less painful than dying of sepsis.