Common Dental Services and The Dentist to Visit

At one time or another, most people need to visit a dentist for various dental treatments; some are minor, while some can be major. Regardless, here are two examples of dental treatments you might be looking for and why:

Dental Filling and Root Canal

If you do not brush or floss your teeth regularly (in the morning and before sleeping at night), especially when you have sensitive or weak teeth, food left in your mouth forms a breeding place for bacteria.

Bacteria eats away at your teeth, causing tooth decay and holes.

You might not feel anything at first, but as the hole gets deeper and nears the cavity that holds nerves and blood vessels (pulp cavity), you might feel some discomfort and pain.

  • Early treatment (dental filling) – when the hole has not become very deep, your dentist can drill out the decaying part and fill the space left with a dental filling that is the same colour as your teeth.
  • Late treatment (root canal) – when the hole is too deep and has reached the pulp cavity, a dentist needs to remove the nerves and blood vessels in your tooth to prevent severe infection and then fill the cavity with a resin.

These treatments are performed by specialists known as endodontists.

Braces and Dental Headgear Treatment

These are used to treat overcrowded and overlapping teeth, crooked teeth, overbites, underbites and crossbites. You need to seek a dentist who specialises in such treatments; they are referred to as an orthodontist.

The orthodontist should examine your dental condition and inform which treatment will be the most effective in treating it.

Different types of braces include traditional metal braces, lingual braces, porcelain/ceramic braces, Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Your condition determines which of these braces will be the most effective, but sometimes, they can all be effective, and it is up to you to make a choice.

Choose your treatment based on: 

  • How quickly the braces will do their job (your orthodontist is in a position to inform you of the braces that will work fast) 
  • Aesthetics (do you mind the appearance of the braces? Porcelain and Invisalign braces look more appealing)
  • Whether you mind a possible metallic taste (traditional metal braces might be uncomfortable)
  • The cost of the braces

There are also times when your dentist might recommend dental headgear; this is especially the case when your growing jawbone needs support or when you have teeth overcrowding and overlapping and need space created.

To learn more about different dental services, reach out to a company like Queen Street Dental Care.