It is often said that a person’s teeth should last a lifetime, but many people don’t enjoy that luxury for a variety of reasons. The most common cause of oral problems is dental caries (cavities) which can begin almost as soon as the tooth erupts. Thankfully, if a cavity is caught in time it is possible to affect repairs using an excellent Dentist Victorville. Granted, the work may be more extensive than the patient expects since repairing caries often requires extensive drilling and shaping to remove the decayed portions of the shell. To make the situation even worse, the cavity could reach the root pulp or cause a serious infection.
When teeth erode past the point where the enamel can protect them, the damage can range from a small hole in one side of the tooth to enough damage that the tooth may need to be extracted. In the case where removal is required, the dentist might suggest an implant. This procedure allows the Dentist Victorville to place or implant an artificial root, often called a stud, into the jawbone. The stud is designed so that the bone grows tightly around it and anchors it in place. The wound from the surgery should take a few months to heal because the anchor needs to be strong and secure. After healing, it is time to cover the stud with a crown. The most common choice is porcelain or porcelain on steel. The latter provides additional strength for molars which is often necessary for chewing and biting.
Of course, there are quite a few procedures that a dentist performs that don’t fit into the category of repairs. Many of these processes fall into the area of cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening, or the application of dental veneers. Whitening teeth is a simple process where the dentist applies a peroxide solution to the teeth and allows it to set for about half an hour. Once the solution is removed, the teeth will have a beautiful white appearance that continues to improve for the next week. Veneers, on the other hand, are used to cover problems that other procedures cannot fix such as deep stains or misshapen teeth. The veneer is a thin porcelain shell designed to fit over the front or visible portion of the teeth and is an excellent way to hide blemishes. Contact West Covina Family Dentistry for more information.
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