Common dental procedures essential for oral health


2015-06-25 18:19

Oral health affects your overall wellness and has been linked to several medical conditions. It is important to understand common dental procedures and how they affect your general health. Education is a powerful tool that helps patients reduce their fear and anxiety.

Fillings and repairs

Fillings and repairs are some of the most common procedures you may encounter in a dental office. Fillings can be used to treat dental decay, cracked teeth and broken teeth. Although most people associate fillings with cavities, trauma to the teeth caused by grinding, nail biting and other issues can also require repairs. Dentists can use a variety of restorative materials to repair the damaged teeth.

According to a report from the Institute of Dentistry at Queen Mary, University of London, 4 billion people around the world have untreated tooth decay. If patients avoid treatment or cannot afford treatment, then they are in danger of suffering an abscess or losing the tooth. Their overall health can be affected by different infections, the inability to eat and the loss of sleep due to pain.

Root canals

Root canals are also common procedures you may encounter in a dental office. A root canal treatment focuses on removing a tooth’s pulp, which is the soft tissue located inside that has the blood vessels and nerves, so the damaged portions no longer affect the patient. This procedure tries to save a tooth by removing the dead or damaged pulp. In many cases, this treatment makes it possible to save the tooth and avoid an extraction. After the treatment, the dentist uses materials to fill the tooth and later adds a crown.

If a root canal is not performed in time, then patients can suffer from infections and abscesses. In addition, there is a high risk of bone damage. Patients who do not get this procedure risk losing the tooth and having the infection spread. The Mayo Clinic shares that complications from an abscess include swelling, pain and sepsis. A life-threatening situation can develop if the sepsis is not treated in time.