July 22nd, 2012
For many people tooth ache can be the worst pain as it throbs inside your mouth and along your entire head. Tooth ache is often caused by an infection that has spread to the inside of your tooth. It is vital that you visit your Worcester Park dentist as soon as possible to check if this is the case. Left unattended the infection could spread and cause serious damage to other teeth, your gums and even spread to your jaw.
If you are suffering from an infection, your dentist will likely recommend that you save your tooth with root canal treatment. A common procedure, root canal treatment involves the dentist drilling into the infected tooth. They will then be able to remove all the infection (this may include a build up of pus). Infection will often build up in the pulp of the tooth, the soft tissue that fills part of the tooth’s centre. Whether due to physical injury, tooth decay or gum disease, infections are able to get through the strong out enamel and inner dentin to reach the pulp.
With luck the infection will not have damaged the root of the tooth. If this is the case the dentist will be able to save the tooth once the infection is removed. They will cover the new hole with either a filling or crown in order to protect it in the future. If the root has become severely infected it may be necessary to remove the entire tooth. Your dentist will layout the full range of artificial teeth that can be used a replacement. A course of antibiotics may be given to be sure the infection is completely removed and does not return.
July 10th, 2012
Porcelain veneers offer the possibility of straight, white teeth that look beautiful and natural. With time all teeth become discoloured and stained through consumption of coffee, tea, red wine and numerous other things. Teeth whitening products may be effective to some degree but for a completely bright, white shine you should enquire about porcelain veneers. Equally, whether your teeth naturally developed misaligned or altered due to physical trauma, porcelain veneers will be able to straighten and align your teeth into a perfect smile.
Porcelain veneers are placed onto your teeth to create a brand new surface. The procedure will involve the removal of a thin layer of enamel from your teeth, on the new surface the veneers can be bonded into position to create a strong and durable new surface with full functionality. Because the original teeth are reduced in thickness before positioning, the new veneers will add no additional size or depth to your teeth, they will eventually feel like your natural teeth.
Beyond cosmetic changes porcelain veneers can solve some dental issues. Acid erosion, through the consumption of an acid diet including soft drinks and juice, can severely damage the enamel of your teeth. This will eventually expose the soft dentin of your teeth and with time endanger the integrity of the entire tooth. Veneers placed over damaged areas will offer a new source of protection against erosion and protect your teeth over the long term. Other areas within which it can help are teeth grinding, cracks and chipped teeth. Porcelain veneers can be made to address a wide variety of dental issues and leave you with a great smile.