If you’ve let yourself go a bit in Molesey of late and not been looking after your teeth, you could be leaving yourself open to problems such as plaque and gum disease and the odd, small tooth cavity. Ok, these can be rectified quite easily if they are caught early on. But if the problem is allowed spiral out of control, dental caries could form and get deep into the tooth, leaving you with no option but to have root canal treatment to save the tooth. Now, root canals have had some bad press in the past and come with some very bad stigma attached to the treatment. In some respects, some of the tales of the pain you suffer when having a procedure such as this are true. But dental technology has come a mighty long way since root canals were first introduced and for most people, it’s really no worse than having say, a filling. On paper though, it’s not pretty reading and just ‘sounds’ positively dreadful. Once a tooth is infected and in order to save it, a dentist must first clear away the decay and rotting pulp inside the tooth. This then enables access to the roots which then are also removed by drilling or laser treatment. In some cases, the root can be difficult to get to, so the dentist must come in through the gum in order to gain access- told you it sounds ugly. But it really isn’t that painful as it sounds. With a local anaesthetic, you should feel no pain at all. Once the tooth is clear of decay, it is then filled or a crown is fitted to restore its strength. But be warned, this treatment, on average, only has a shelf life of around 10 years, after which the tooth is likely to be removed, and corrective treatment can be expensive. Bet you wish you’d kept you eyes on the oral health prize now eh?
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The common practice to close any tooth cavity is to use dental fillings especially plastic ones. But these plastic fillings have a tendency to shrink as they harden and this can lead to the formation of gaps between the tooth and the filling. Food particles begin to get accumulated in these gaps, ultimately giving room for the development of more dental caries.
There are a variety of plastic materials that are available to be used as dental fillings. The tension that is produced during the hardening process of the plastic filling depends entirely on the shape of the cavity and varies widely from person to person. Since it was not possible to determine the tension that will be produced in each hardening process, it was left to the dentist’s experience to choose the right plastic filling. But recent studies have enabled researchers to simulate this hardening process.
This new method makes it possible to accurately predict the tension that accompanies the hardening process with each type of plastic filling. This enables dentists to choose the least tension-prone plastic material according to the shape of each person’s tooth cavity. Thus the formation of further gaps between the tooth and dental filling is prevented and thus minimizes or does away with the risk of developing caries in the same cavity.
This is a relatively new simulation process performed only by a few dentists. Consult a Sunbury dentist who uses this new technique the next time you go in for a dental filling procedure.