What type of dental treatment should you get? Although you have some say on whether to get a dental procedure done to you or not, it is up to the dentist to decide what dental treatment you need. These experts in oral health will take a decision on the procedure based on the current state of your oral health – teeth and gums included – as well as the type of solution that you would want – temporary or permanent. It is best to ask the dentist for recommendations instead of deciding on things on your own.
Although you won’t be the one who will decide, it always helps to know a bit more about the procedure you’re about to undertake. Here are some of the most common dental treatments to consider:
Bonding is a restorative procedure that involves the application of composite tooth bonding. This is the procedure that dentists conduct for those who need to have their tooth repaired because it has decayed, been chipped, discolored or even fractured. Bonding can also be used to close tooth gaps. Bonding is done in the dental clinic unlike some dental treatments like veneers.
Braces are a common procedure for those who wants their teeth realigned. Those who have bite related problems (both overbite and underbite) could benefit from getting braces too. Dentist recommends braces to those whose teeth need to be realigned by applying steady pressure on the teeth. Braces are worn for a few years.
• Bridges and Implants
Both implants and bridges are procedures that aim to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges are a bit similar with dentures. Perhaps the only difference is that they are meant only to replace a missing tooth while anchored on the neighboring teeth. Dental implants, as the name suggests, are tooth replacements implanted on the gums with artificial roots.
• Dental Crowns
For those with cracked or broken teeth, dentists recommend having dental crowns installed. They are often referred to as caps because it sits on top of the broken tooth that lies above the gum line. Dental crowns or caps make sure that no food particles get the teeth to prevent tooth decay from the inside.
Which one of these should you consider? It is all up to you. Don’t forget to get your dentist’s recommendation to make sure that you end up with the right one. After all, your dentist is there to ensure that you always have healthy teeth and gums.