The best time to seek dental services is before you actually begin to experience any problems with your teeth or gums. Unfortunately, most of us have an inherent fear of dentists and this fear stops us from going to the dentist unless it is absolutely necessary. The truth is, by going for regular biannual dental checkups you will actually reduce the likelihood of experiencing any major problems with your teeth.
What Do Dental Services Actually Entail?
Dental services do not just include extractions and root canals. During your regular checkup, your dentist will clean and scale your teeth to remove any existing tartar or plaque buildup and will check your gums and teeth for any sign of decay or cavities. Depending on the condition of your teeth, your dentist may then recommend the best dental treatment option or combination of options.
Here are some of the many options that are included in the dental services that may be offered to you and what they are used for:
Sealants and Bonding: Tiny grooves on the surface of the teeth act as perfect havens for bacteria. When a sealant is used, it seals up the grooves and protect the teeth against decay and cavities. Bonding helps to repair discolored, chipped or crooked. In both these processes, the color is carefully chosen to match your natural tooth coloration so that it looks as natural as possible.
Fillings: Fillings are used when there is already a cavity. They help seal up the cavity and prevent any further decay and can be either the direct or indirect type.
Bridges: When you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, the other teeth eventually shift their position in an attempt to fill in the empty space. This could in time result in a change in the overall shape of your face and also causes problems when eating. Dentists use bridges to fill in these gaps so that it prevents any further problems.
Dentures and Dental Implants: Both of these are basically prosthetic teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. While dentures are removable, dental implants are fixed.
Extractions: This is usually the last option that a dentist will resort it. Most dentists will do their best to strengthen and save your original tooth. However, sometimes it is just not possible and the only option is to extract it. In earlier days, this was done with a localized anesthetic. This meant you were aware of everything that was going on and it could be scary. Today, most dentists will give you the option of sedation dentistry, where, with the help of a general anesthesia you are blissfully unaware of the proceedings.