Root Canals & Dental Implants
My Tooth Hurts!
A deep cavity, injury or gum disease results in damage to a tooth “pulp.” Pulp is a soft tissue running through the center of the tooth containing nerves and blood vessels. Infection spreads and eventually forms an abscess at the root of the tooth.
Removing the Pulp
A tooth’s pulp can become infected or even die, so it must be removed. The pulp is removed and the inside of the roots are cleaned out, enlarged and shaped.
Getting at the Problem
The affected tooth is numbed and the top of the tooth is opened so that the affected area is accessible.
Crowning the Tooth
A crown is placed on the top of the tooth to seal everything up. Some crowns need a post and core to help support the crown. The crown can be made of substances to imitate real tooth enamel. When the operation is completed, the tooth looks as good as new.
Filling the Tooth
After cleaning and disinfecting, the empty cavity inside the tooth is filled with a rubber-like substance.
What are Implants?
Dental implants are artificial substitutes for natural tooth roots. They act as an anchor for a false tooth or a set of false teeth. Implants have been in use for many years. They are effective, natural-looking replacements for missing teeth. After a thorough evaluation, you dentist surgically prepares you jaw and makes your prosthesis (substitute teeth).
Titanium fixtures (like screws) are inserted surgically into the jawbone. The operation is usually carried out under local anesthetic and lasts for approximately one hour. In the course of healing, the titanium fixtures take firm root in the jawbone. Healing times vary depending upon the upper or lower jaw bone.
The abutment is the titanium link between the fixtures and the prosthetic superstructure (or denture). This operation is shorter than the installing of the anchors and lasts about half an hour. After a short period of healing, lasting about a week, the surgical treatment is complete.
Once they are in place, the fixtures and abutments together provide a supporting post. Everything is now ready for the next stage, the task of constructing your new teeth—the prosthetic treatment. Implants can be used for a single tooth or used in tandem to support several adjoining teeth or an entire denture.
Do Implants Hurt?
The procedure is carried out under a local anesthetic so you will feel no pain during the operations. After the anesthetic starts to wear off, you may feel some pain and discomfort but it is important to note that the fixtures do not touch the sensitive nerves.
Caring for Your Implants
Remember that your attention to oral hygiene helps determine the success of your implants.