Understanding Different Dental Surgery Options

Going to the dentist can be intimidating for some people. It is not uncommon for patients to feel uneasy, even when they are only going for a simple cleaning and examination appointment. The best way to deal with this unease is to become educated about exactly what happens when you go to the dentist.

This kind of knowledge is especially important when you are dealing with dental surgeries. Regular cleanings and examinations are non-invasive, but there are a whole range of dental surgeries that may seem especially intimidating. These range from simple cavity fillings that can be completed in the office to wisdom tooth removal that may require a more surgical setting.

Here are examples of the most common dental surgery options. A good dentist will be able to prepare you for these procedures by giving you all the knowledge that you need to feel comfortable and confident about the experience.

Fillings

This is by far the most common non-cleaning procedure you will undergo while at the dentist. Fillings are used to treat tooth decay (cavities). Tooth decay is extremely common, so dentists will be very familiar with this kind of procedure, and most will have filled thousands of cavities during their careers. Most cavities are detected by visual examination, but there are also special dyes and x-rays that can help locate hard-to-see cavities. The dentist will remove the cavity (decayed material) with specialized tools and will then fill the hole with special composite material that can stand up to regular eating and day-to-day use. Dentists usually give the patient some kind of numbing agent like novocaine so that there is no pain during the procedure. The patient will remain awake and recovery time will be quite quick.

Wisdom tooth removal

This is another common type of procedure. Wisdom teeth do not come in until a person is older. The problem is that these teeth, located in the back of the mouth, often become impacted in the gums, or they push on the teeth in front of them. This can cause a lot of pain. Luckily, people who have regular dental examinations will usually know about potential wisdom tooth problems before they become too painful. Impacted wisdom teeth may require surgery under anesthetic. Because of this, recovery time may be a little bit longer and the patient may not be able to eat solid foods for a couple of days. Also, they could have to take pain medications after the surgery.

Root canals

Root canals are in between cavity fillings and wisdom teeth procedures in terms of seriousness. They are usually performed in the dental office using novocaine or a mild form of sedation. During the surgery, the pulp-like center of the tooth is removed and the gap is filled with artificial material. The tooth is then capped.

Dental crowns

The final common dental procedure is usually referred to as a cap or crown. During this procedure, a cap of porcelain, metal or some sort of composite is placed over a tooth that has been cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged. The implant will work just like a regular tooth. Some people get crowns to help improve their appearance.

Every skilled dentist will be very familiar with all these procedures. This means that even if they do not perform the surgeries themselves, they will be able to tell you about the procedure, what the side effects are and how long it will take to recover. This is why before any dental surgery, ask your dentist for advice. They should be able to tell you all the information that you will need to prepare for the surgery.

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