FAQ’S – Endodontics Conservative Dentistry
What are dental caries?
Teeth are coated with a hard substance, called enamel. Dental caries, or cavities, are holes that form in teeth when the enamel is damaged. Left untreated, dental caries can result in loss of teeth. Almost everyone is affected by dental caries.
What are the symptoms of dental caries?
Symptoms of dental caries may include pits or cavities in the surface of the teeth and dental pain that is often triggered by chewing or exposure to cold. Other symptoms include red or swollen gums and pus where the tooth meets the gum.
Prevention of dental caries includes:
1. Gargle with warm saltwater three times per day.
2. Maintain good oral hygiene:
3. Brush your teeth after meals and at bedtime.
4. Floss your teeth every day.
5. Gargle with dilute saltwater three times per day.
6. See your dentist every 6 months.
Treatment for dental caries may include:
1. Antiseptic mouthwash
2. Flouride treatments:
i. Protective barriers applied to the surface of the teeth
3. Dental picks
4. Oral irrigators:
5. Warm saltwater mouth rinses
6. Dental fillings
7. Root canal
8. Dental crown
9. Dental extraction:
10. Tooth removal
What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
What are the advantages of composites?
Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites, since dentists can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
How Can I Brighten My Smile?
The desire for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is very strong, and tooth bleaching safely lightens the color of the teeth, lasting for up to five years. The most effective and safest method of tooth bleaching is dentist-supervised.
WHAT IS WHITENIG TOOTH PASTE??
Whitening toothpaste is an oral hygiene product designed to remove stains, and make teeth appear whiter. It typically contains an abrasive ingredient to scrub stains, as well as ingredients such as baking soda, peroxide, or sodium tripolyphosphate, which can help to dissolve stains.
WHAT IS TOOTH WHITENING GEL ?
Tooth whitening gel is usually applied to the teeth using a tray, an adhesive strip, or a brush. The gel sits on the teeth for a period of time, and is then washed off.
What is a Root Canal?
The space inside the tooth from the center, known as the pulp chamber, that travels down the length of the root to the tip (or apex) is called a “canal,” or more specifically, a root canal.
WHAT IS ROOT CANAL TREATMENT ?
Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth’s pulp, a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. Once the damaged, diseased or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. This procedure seals off the root canal.
The most common causes of pulp damage or death are:
- A cracked tooth
- A deep cavity
- An injury to a tooth, such as a severe knock to the tooth, either recent or in the past.
WHAT IS POST & CORE?
A post and core is a dental restoration, which is used to sufficiently restore a tooth morphology followed by future restoration such as a crown, when there is no an adequate part of tooth hard tissue regarding to the required clinical indication of the case, due to loss of tooth structure as a result of decay, fracture or other causes.
What Is Inlay and Onlay?
Inlay and onlay are special types of dental fillings, also known as indirect restorations.
What is Onlay?
Onlay is used when the exterior of a tooth has been damaged or decayed to such a degree that a complete or partial filling is necessary to restore the tooth’s shape. This type of crown is shaped from an impression of the tooth, then glued into place.
What is Inlay?
Dentists use inlays when the material of the filling will be primarily on the inside of the tooth with only a small portion making up the tooth wall. Inlays fill a hollow that has developed as a result of injury or decay and strengthen the integrity of the tooth.