A List of Common Dental Procedures

Whether it’s aligning the teeth for aesthetics or a surgery required for tooth removal, there are numerous dental procedures that provide amazing results. Technology in the field of dentistry has come a long way, making procedures increasingly advanced, effective, quick, and painless.
In this blog, we give an overview of a few common dental procedures.


Cavity Fillings

The process takes just under an hour, for the x-rays, procedure explanation, and the actual dental work. The dentist begins by numbing your gums to avoid any pain and discomfort felt during the procedure. Then they remove the decay in the tooth and replace it with a filling, the type of which depends on the size and location of your cavity. Filling options include silver amalgam, composite resins or gold fillings with silver amalgam being the most common due to its durability and affordability.

Tooth Extraction

There are certain cases where a tooth is far too damaged or decayed to be saved and requires extraction. Other reasons include a risk of infection or an overcrowded mouth. Before the procedure, your dentist will conduct some x-rays and the extraction process requires up to 40 minutes. The dentist administers anesthesia to numb the site. It is common to feel pressure during the procedure as the dentist attempts to remove the teeth. Certain scenarios require the tooth to be broken into pieces or an incision to be made in the gums to reach the tooth. In any given scenario, you won’t feel any pain.

Dental Caps (or Crowns)

Dental crowns are needed when a part of the tooth is broken. It usually requires 2 visits to the dentist. During the first visit, the dentist files down the teeth and places a temporary cap on it. Meanwhile, an order is sent with your specifications to the lab. Once the permanent crown is made, it replaces the temporary crown and is attached with help of a special adhesive. The new crown may feel foreign for a while but you get used to it after a few weeks.

Root Canal

A root canal procedure involves removing the infected pulp, cleaning out the infected tissue, shaping the inside of the tooth, and filling up the remaining space to close off any entry points for new infections. Similar to previous procedures, anesthesia is also used and the process is capped off (literally) with a crown affixation.
For dental procedures to be successful, the dentist themselves need to be experienced and qualified. Fortunately, our team of dental experts matches this criterion. Contact us today for effective dental treatment in Germantown!