Avoidable Dental Procedures – And How To Keep Them From Happening!

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When it comes to different procedures that we have to have done over a lifetime some are unavoidable but others are totally the opposite. Having procedures that are avoidable can be costly, time consuming not to mention painful as well. But what are some of the most avoidable dental procedures, and how can you go about stopping them before you need to get to that stage? Read ahead!

Root Canals

Root canals are a procedure where infected pulp of a tooth root is removed and replaced with filler. Pulp can become infected and abscessed when a cavity gets out of hand, a chip or breakage in the tooth occurs or several procedures have been done on the tooth that may have weakened it. Root canals can be avoided through proper oral hygiene as well as regular visits to your Cardiff dentist at 6 Cwrt-y-Parc, Earlswood Road, Llanishen, Cardiff to catch issues before they get problematic and out of hand.

Extractions

An extraction of a tooth is exactly what it sounds like – the removal of the whole tooth, root and all. Extractions typically are a last resort for many issues and will be done if there’s little hope of saving the tooth through other dental procedures. Extractions will leave a hole in your mouth, resulting in the need for bridges or implants if you want to fill the hole back in. Extractions can sometimes be done on children with cavities in baby teeth – mainly as there’s not much point in filling a milk tooth only for it to fall out in a year or less.

Fillings

Fillings are probably one of the most common dental procedures and almost everyone has had at least one filling in their lives. Fillings occur when there is decay in the tooth caused by bacteria eating away at the enamel and causing issues. The dentist drills the decay away from the tooth and fills the space left with a special dental filler. Cavities – and as a result, fillings – can be avoided through proper dental hygiene including flossing and brushing.

Bridges/Implants

Bridges and implants are two forms of tooth replacement that are constructed in different ways. Bridges are made up of false teeth cemented in place, essentially just placed over a gap in the natural teeth while implants are individual teeth put in place through the use of metal rods surgically implanted into the jawbone. While each has its uses and one may be preferred over the other, the need for both can be avoided through, again, proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

So there you have some of the most common dental procedures and how you can avoid needing to have them done so you can have a happy, healthy smile for life.

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