You should never take your dental health lightly. It has the ability to create either stunning or crushing first impressions and is one of the most aesthetic parts of your face. Furthermore, most oral diseases are chronic in nature and they get worse with them so you should act on them immediately. Our teeth are also some of the most vulnerable parts of our body because they can decay, get damaged, or have to be extracted.
At Richmond Dental PLLC, we offer various dental services in the areas of general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and restorative dentistry. We ensure that you maintain your oral health and we restore any issues you may have with your current set of teeth. Please continue reading for an overview of our dental services.
Prevention is better than cure. Likewise, dental cleanings may not sound important but it’s actually the single most important dental service you can go for. No matter how well you brush and floss your teeth, you can never get rid of all the food particles in your mouth, which can lead to plaque, tartar, and bacterial decay. During a dental cleaning procedure, the dental hygienist removes all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth and uses fluoride treatment to protect your teeth against bacterial infections. This ensures you never get gum disease. You should go for regular dental cleaning appointments once every 3 to 6 months.
Dental Exams and X-Rays
With dental exams and x-rays, you can find out if you have any diseases or even the potential of any diseases, and stop them in time. Most oral conditions, be it gum disease or cavities, are chronic in nature. They get worse over time until you have to go for complex surgical treatments or lose your tooth entirely. With dental exams and x-rays, dentists can stop these diseases and conditions in their infancy so they’re never anything more than a slight inconvenience. During dental exams, most dentists also conduct an oral cancer exam so that cancerous lesions can be removed before they become serious.
We all get cavities in our teeth from time to time. This is especially common if you don’t go for regular dental cleaning sessions because the bacteria in your mouth can start decaying your teeth. If you allow the cavities to spread, they can infect the tooth’s pulp, which may necessitate a root canal procedure. However, if the dentist detects the cavity in time, they’ll only need to remove the decayed parts of the tooth and fill up the cavity with a composite material. This material looks and feels just like actual teeth so no one will be able to distinguish it from the rest of the teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
If you don’t detect the presence of cavities in time, or if you don’t seek treatment immediately, the infection can spread into your pulp chamber. The pulp is the innermost part of the teeth and it contains the nerves and blood vessels. If the infection enters the pulp chamber, the dentist will have no option but to conduct a root canal treatment. This is a procedure in which they have to drill into the affected tooth and remove all of the pulp and dead nerves. This is the only way to save your teeth from complete decay.
If you don’t treat dental decay in a timely manner, your entire teeth can get infected. In that case, it might be too late even for a root canal treatment and the dentist will have to simply extract the entire tooth in order to prevent the infection from spreading to the other teeth. In addition to dental decay, tooth extraction may also be performed to remove a newly-sprouted wisdom tooth because it can often lead to complications like the misalignment of teeth, overcrowding, or other problems. Tooth extraction is always a last resort option and only performed if there are no other means of saving your teeth.
A porcelain crown is the best way to completely cover up any deformities in your teeth. This is essentially a cap made of tooth-colored porcelain material that’s fitted over your existing teeth. For all intents and purposes, it serves as your new teeth. If you have any problems with your teeth — chipped teeth, cracked teeth, misalignment, crooked teeth, discoloration, etc — you can get a dental crown to cover it up entirely. The dentist will have to remove the external parts of your teeth in order to attach the porcelain crown over it.
Teeth whitening is a procedure by which a dentist can professionally brighten your teeth and remove all of the surface stains from your enamel. During the procedure, the dentist applies a whitening gel over your teeth and then uses a special light or laser to activate the gel. This essentially bleaches your teeth and removes all surface stains, brightening your smile considerably. You can also ask your dentist to prepare a home teeth whitening kit for you, but those aren’t as reliable as in-office teeth whitening and they take a lot longer to work.
Dental bridges are the best way to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. A dental bridge is essentially a series of fake teeth, known as pontics, supported either by dental crowns on both sides or a dental implant. In order to attach the dental bridge, the dentist may have to shave off some of the enamel from the surrounding teeth to fit the dental crown over them. This is an irreversible procedure but it’s effective because it replaces your missing teeth and the bridge looks just as good as your actual teeth.
Dental veneers are a thin cover made of tooth-colored materials like porcelain or ceramic that’s attached to the front surface of your teeth. They cover up the face of the teeth, thus masking all deformities, be it stains, misalignment, cracks, or any other. The dentist has to remove some of the enamel from the surface of your teeth in order to attach the dental veneers, which makes it a permanent procedure. If you don’t want the dentist to alter your teeth, you can also opt for Lumineers veneers because they’re extremely thin veneers that can simply be attached over your existing teeth without any alterations.
Dental bonding is a suitable alternative to dental veneers if you don’t want the dentist to make any alterations to your existing teeth. The dentist simply applies a composite resin material to your teeth, sculpts it in place, and uses a special light to harden it. Following that, the dentist polishes the resin material until it’s bonded to your teeth and a part of it. This transforms the outward appearance of your teeth without any need for structural changes. However, this procedure can only mask certain small deformities like intrinsic stains, cracks, etc. It can’t be used to fix crooked teeth or misalignment.
Dental Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays are tooth-colored fillings for teeth if the damage or infection hasn’t spread to the cusp of the teeth. Dental onlays are tooth-colored fillings for teeth if the cusps of the teeth are also damaged or infected. Both of them are suitable alternatives for dental fillings because they’re more durable and they can also be used to fix cracks and other similar surface issues. Dental inlays and onlays also last longer than dental fillings.
Dental implants are metallic posts that are drilled into the jawbone of the socket of the missing tooth. This is the strongest and most effective means of replacing missing teeth. The dental implant becomes a part of your body as your jawbone grows around it, lodging it in place firmly. Once the dental implant is in place, a dental crown or dental bridge is attached over it to effectively replace the teeth and give it the perfect foundation.
Dentures are removable appliances that you wear on your mouth to replace missing teeth. You can get complete dentures if you’ve lost all of your teeth and you can get partial dentures if you’ve only lost some of your teeth. This is the most cost-effective means of replacing missing teeth. Furthermore, since this procedure doesn’t necessitate making any structural changes to your existing teeth, you can seek other restorative treatments any time.
Pulpotomy is a type of root canal procedure. This procedure is usually carried out on baby teeth if the pulp is infected but the nerve isn’t yet dead. In that case, the dentist removes all of the infected pulp but doesn’t remove the nerves from the teeth. Instead, the dentist medicates the nerves in order to control the inflammation and render it healthy again. This protects the teeth a lot better than a root canal procedure and it gets rid of the infection as well.
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Richmond Dental PLLC has some of the world’s finest dentists who specialize in the latest dental treatments and procedures to deal with any and all dental issues, be it related to general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, or restorative dentistry. Please schedule an appointment at Richmond Dental PLLC today to discuss your options.