To understand a root canal procedure, it helps to know about the anatomy of the tooth. Inside the tooth, under the white enamel and a hard layer called the dentin, is a soft tissue called the pulp. The pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue, and helps to grow the root of your tooth during development. In a fully developed tooth, the tooth can survive without the pulp because the tooth continues to be nourished by the tissues surrounding it.
Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. Trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
How does the treatment save the tooth?
During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Contrary to jokes about the matter, modern root canal treatment is very similar to having a routine filling and usually can be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the condition of your tooth and your personal circumstances. You can expect a comfortable experience during and after your appointment.
Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain
You can keep your teeth healthy with regular brushing, flossing and checkups. However, if over time one or more of your teeth become damaged due to decay, cracks or trauma, At Ace Dental Care we can provide you with a dental crown or bridge to fix existing issues and prevent new ones from surfacing in the future.
Both dental crowns and dental bridges fit over your affected tooth or teeth, and serves to restore the size and shape of your tooth. Learn more about both options below.
A dental crown, or dental cap, covers your damaged tooth and is a solid replacement for a damaged natural tooth. A crown fits just like a natural tooth because it is created from impressions of your tooth. After your crown is in place, your tooth will be stronger and last longer. Ace Dental Care offers a variety of materials for your dental crown, and your dentist will discuss the best option for your individual case.
Missing teeth not only make talking and chewing more difficult, but they can also cause other problems over time. Teeth adjacent to the space in your mouth can eventually shift into the empty space, which can affect your bite and lead to gum disease or other disorders such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint issues).
One way to take care of a gap caused by a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. There are two types of bridges: removable and permanent. Removable dental bridges, also called partial dentures, can be taken out and cleaned, and permanent dental bridges, requires the dentist's intervention for cleaning etc.
Ace Dental Care will recommend the best bridge to keep your mouth at its healthiest and you at your happiest. With proper care and dental hygiene, your bridge will keep you smiling for many years to come.
Full mouth rehabilitation is a dental treatment procedure that address and corrects poorly aligned jaws and worn, missing, broken or crooked teeth. Blending the science of neuromuscular dentistry with the artistry of cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation creates smiles that are as beautiful as they healthy and functional.
If you experience any of the following, you could be a candidate for full mouth rehabilitation:
- TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome)
- Frequent Headaches or Migraines
- Unexplained Loose Teeth
- Teeth Are Worn, Chipped or Cracked
- Dental Restorations Which Frequently Crack, Chip or Break
- Pain or Soreness Around Jaw Joints
- Pain in Teeth That Seems to Move Around
- Facial, Neck, Shoulder and/or Back Pain
- Clicking or Grating Sounds in Jaw Joints
Neuromuscular dentistry measures and determines the optimal position of the jaw. Once determined, the jaw position is corrected with the use of a removable splint (a virtually invisible appliance that fits over the top of the lower teeth, gently repositioning the jaw) or the application of dental restorations, including porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns or onlays. After full mouth rehabilitation, you will have exceptionally strong teeth and beautiful smile.
Full mouth rehabilitation seeks to rebuild every tooth in the mouth and requires highly educated and qualified dentists. Although the process can be extensive, the results are amazing. At Ace Dental Care our dentists are very well trained and qualified in the field of neuromuscular and cosmetic dentistry.
Call Ace Dental Care for a consultation.
In Pediatric Dentistry, dental procedures for infants, children, & young adults follow the same basic pattern as adult procedures except for the very important difference that each one is carried out with the particular needs of our young patients, their physical as well as psychological needs.
We offer pediatric dental procedures and related services that are designed to either prevent dental problems or correct existing ones. These procedures and services include:
- Dental examinations with digital x-rays achieving 90% reduction in radiation exposure.
- Oral Hygiene preventive care by our excellent team of dental hygienists.
- Application of dental sealants for greatly enhanced protection from tooth decay especially in the vulnerable molar areas.
- Fluoride treatments for overall cavity prevention.
- Metal Free Fillings for stronger and better looking restorations.
- Cosmetic dental bonding for creating a beautiful bright smile.
- Interceptive orthodontics for early diagnosis
- Stainless Steel Crowns (SSC)
At Ace Dental care you can be assured that your child will get the best treatment available.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length. These are usually made of porcelain to achieve shiny and white teeth. There are two types of veneers 'Direct' which requires 1 sitting and 'Indirect' which requires just three visits.
Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Teeth that are discolored - stains from tetracycline or other drugs, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings.
- Teeth that are chipped or broken
- Teeth that are misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped in mild form
- Teeth with gaps between them (to close the space between these teeth)
Tooth Color Restoration is a procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately "bonds" the material to the tooth to restore or improve person's smile.
FOR WHAT CONDITIONS IS Tooth Color Restoration CONSIDERED?
Tooth Color Restoration is an option that can be considered:
- To repair cavities
- To repair chipped or broken teeth
- To change the color of discolored teeth.
- To close gaps between front teeth.
- To make teeth look longer
- As an alternative to silver fillings.
- To protect the roots of teeth when gums recede
- To improve aesthetics.
Daily activities such as eating, talking, laughing, & smiling constantly showcase your teeth. Your smile communicates a lot about you to others, & a clean white smile can increase your confidence, catch attention, & improve the impression you make on the people around you.
The media is flooded with over-the-counter teeth bleaching remedies. Unfortunately, many of these systems are ineffective & can actually damage your teeth if applied incorrectly. Professional tooth whitening from a qualified general or cosmetic dentist is always more safe, effective, & long lasting.
TEETH WHITENING CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED BY BLEACHING.
As a popular tooth whitening technique, Whitening restores stained tooth enamel and dentin back to a beautiful white shade. Many dentists and patients prefer Whitening because it can brighten your teeth up to 8 shades in under an hour. After carefully covering your mouth and lips so only your teeth are exposed, the cosmetic dentist will apply a tooth whitening gel to your teeth. A bright light then activates the gel in three 15-minute segments. The light breaks down the hydrogen peroxide in the gel, allowing oxygen to penetrate through the tooth surface and to bleach any stains or discoloration. Daily oral hygiene habits and occasional touch-ups with take-home teeth bleaching products will keep your smile looking bright and beautiful.
Teeth jewellery is a brilliant way to add sparkles to your smile and stand out of the crowd. Teeth jewellery (skyce) offered at Ace Dental Care is made and certified in the EU, and is available in two colours: "crystal" and "sapphire blue". During a painless procedure, a dentist fixes a jewel on the tooth surface. The jewel does not damage tooth tissues and has no side effects - except for the increased charm of your smile! Call it an oral fashion statement to stand out among ordinary mortals or simply an effort to blend in with the bold and the beautiful. Skyce is putting an extra sparkle into more and more smiles. Skyce jewels are applied to the front surfaces of upper anterior teeth.
Why might I need to have my wisdom teeth removed?
Often, wisdom teeth don't grow in properly. A tooth is "impacted" if it's prevented from reaching its normal position (say, by obstruction from tissue or another tooth). Impacted teeth can cause problems with chewing or periodontal problems and damage adjacent teeth. A tooth can be partially impacted - it has broken through the surface of the gums but can't grow into a normal position. Dentists can determine which teeth won't grow in properly.
Impacted wisdom teeth may hurt, and they can develop cavities, infections or periodontal disease. It's often when these problems arise (as well as during regular dental exams) that people realize they need to have their wisdom teeth extracted.
Some people never need surgery - their wisdom teeth grow into proper position / the teeth stay in the jawbone & don't cause problems. Others don't need surgery as young adults, but their wisdom teeth may cause problems later in life.
When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?
In general, wisdom teeth can be taken out at any age. Like other teeth, wisdom teeth develop in the jawbone. The crown of each tooth is formed first, & it's pushed up when the root of the tooth develops. In young adults, "the formation of the root is not complete, so there are fewer complications & risks."
What's the extraction procedure?
You'll be sedated . Once you're comfortable, the dentist administers a local anesthesia. The surgery takes 20 to 30 minutes. Afterward, you'll spend time in the recovery room. Ask a family member or friend to take you home.
Recovery time depends on your age and the degree of tooth impaction; for younger patients, the swelling and discomfort may last three to five days. Your dental professional may prescribe pain medication.
Benefits of Dentures
Prevents existing teeth from drifting into surrounding space of the missing teeth.
Helps to chew food
Can't it be made before 6-8 weeks of healing?
It can be made but the fit of the denture may reduce once healing is complete. You may then have to refit the denture or get a new one done.
How long to wait after tooth extraction for dentures?
Usually a period of 6-8 weeks of healing is recommended before dentures are made.
Types of Dentures
Complete Dentures :
Complete dentures or Full dentures are used when all the teeth are missing. Complete dentures can be either "conventional" or "immediate". The framework of complete dentures may be made of plastic/resin, metal or a combination.
Implant supported over dentures are an alternate to conventional dentures whereby a full denture is placed over the dental implants with metal bar/balls that gives better retention.
Partial Dentures :
Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
A removable partial denture usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is connected by metal clasps or precision attachments that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps as they are nearly invisible.
Immediate Dentures :
Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. As a result, the wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. However, bones and gums shrink over time, especially during the healing period following tooth removal therefore immediate dentures would usually require more adjustments to fit properly during the healing process and generally should only be considered a temporary solution until conventional dentures can be made after the healing process as it can take months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.