A List of the Most Common Dental Procedures

Dental procedure

The thought of visiting a dentist can be intimidating and nerve-wracking to some. Maybe it is because their first time and they are unsure what to expect, or it has been a long time since their last dental exam. Knowing about the common dental treatments can help you get rid of the butterflies in your stomach. Below is a list of descriptions of the most common dental procedures you might encounter on your next visit to dental care expert Scott W. Grant, DMD in Meridian:

Dental filling

A filling is a restorative material used to fill cavities caused by tooth decay or trauma. Typically, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and then filled with the most suitable filling material. There are several types of fillings, but the most common are composite and amalgam.

Root canal

This dental procedure is used to treat infection at the center of the tooth. When a tooth is decayed, injured or cracked, it is necessary to clean all the infected tissue in the center. The space is then filled and sealed off. A root canal may require two or three visits to your dentist.

Veneers

A dental veneer is a very thin shell of porcelain applied to the whole of the front surface of your tooth to improve its appearance and disguise irregularities underneath. Veneers can make your teeth look natural and healthy. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps when braces are not suitable.

Dental crowns

Crowns are artificial restorations that protect cracked, damaged or broken teeth. Crowns, also known as caps, can restore the shape, strength, and improve the appearance of the teeth. Crowns are permanently cemented onto a tooth and can only be removed by a dentist once in place.

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