This is a common procedure done for teeth cleaning. Over time, our natural teeth darken—it’s natural. There are some cases, however, when staining becomes more prevalent due to certain food and drinks, like coffee, and if you smoke on the regular.
Oral prophylaxis removes tartar and plaque build-up from the surfaces of the teeth, as well as those hidden in between and under the gums. This dental service is a preventive measure, which is why it is recommended that have this done at least twice a year. Doing so can prevent tooth decay, bad breath, bleeding gums, and other diseases.
Cavity fillings are done to repair a hole in the tooth caused by cavities, decay, or sometimes, trauma. Those who complain of constant toothache are most likely to get this procedure.
Fillings are made of different materials, the most common one being tooth colored composites. Another option is amalgam which is a mixture of metals, including copper and silver, though these are no longer widely used.
In a typical procedure, your dentist examines your teeth with the use of an x-ray to determine which tooth needs to get filled. After, he or she will remove the decayed tissue in the inner tooth, using a dental drill. The last step is choosing the right filling and seal the tooth with it.
Tooth removal is probably one of the most common dental services offered. But, there are also cases wherein this procedure is preferred to get rid of severely damaged teeth. Not doing so will only result in more pain, and may cause other oral diseases.