CROWNS - which is a type of dental restoration with completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
BRIDGEs - A fixed dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth.
DENTURES - Also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth; they are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissue of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable. However, there are many different designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.
DENTAL SEALANTS - are defined as preventative dental treatment, where a plastic material is placed in the pits or chewing surfaces of primary or permanent molar & premolar teeth at the back of the mouth. These molar teeth are considered the most susceptible teeth to dental caries due to the anatomy of the chewing surfaces of these teeth, which unfortunately inhibits protection from saliva and fluoride and instead favors plaque accumulation.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY - is a sequence of treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. Root canals and their associated pulp chamber are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities which together constitute the dental pulp. Endodontic therapy involves the removal of these structures, the subsequent shaping, cleaning, and decontamination of the hollows with small files and irrigating solutions, and the filling of the decontaminated canals.
ORTHODONTICS - metal wires are inserted into orthodontic brackets (braces), which can be made from stainless steel material. The wires interact with the brackets to move teeth into the desired positions. Functional appliances are often used to redirect jaw growth.
RESTORATIONs - Restoring a tooth to good form and function. The process of preparation usually involves cutting the tooth with special dental burrs, to make space for the planned restorative materials, and to remove any dental decay or portions of the tooth that are structurally unsound. If permanent restoration can not be carried out immediately after tooth preparation, temporary restoration may be performed.
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