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Root Canal Treatment


What is root canal treatment?


Root canal treatment is a process by which a dentist treats the inner aspects of a tooth. Inner aspects of the tooth are the area inside a tooth that is occupied by its pulp tissue. Primary focus is given on saving the tooth from extraction and maintaining the natural integrity of the dental arch.


Why would a person require root canal treatment?


Root canal treatment can help save damaged tooth. When the pulp is diseased or injured and unable to repair itself, the pulp dies. If the damaged or diseased pulp is not removed, the tooth and surrounding tissues become infected. Without treatment, your damaged tooth should be removed eventually.


What are the signs for root canal treatment?


Signs that indicate root canal treatment include:-

  • Occasional sensitivity to extreme temperatures - hot and cold foods.
  • Constant throbbing.
  • Pain on chewing.
  • Swelling (which may be tender).
  • An abscess on the gums.

  • What does root canal treatment include?


    Root canal treatment is a procedure that requires one or more appointments and can be performed by a dentist or Endodontist (root canal specialist). The procedure involves freezing the tooth and isolating it. A small hole is drilled into the tooth and any existing fillings or decay is removed. Each canal is cleaned to the tip of the root. In a normal tooth, the tip of the root is anywhere from 1 to 5 canals. The canals are then sealed with an inert material that occupies the space vacated by the removal of the pulp. This is one of the safest and most effective methods of saving a damaged tooth. After the inside of your tooth has been treated, the outside will be restored to protect your tooth's underlying structures and to bring the tooth back into function. The tooth is usually covered with a ceramic or metal crown to prevent the tooth from fracturing.


    Is the procedure painful?


    No. With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.


    Will the tooth crack or fracture?


    The tooth is usually covered with a ceramic or a metal crown to prevent the tooth from fracturing.


    What is the dental pulp?


    The dental pulp consists of connective tissue that contains blood vessels and nerve tissue which occupies the pulp cavity. This is the space within a tooth which contains the pulp of a tooth


    How long will the restored tooth last?


    Root canal treatment is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime. However, there are occasions when a tooth will have to be retreated due to new infections.



    Dentures


    What are complete dentures and partial dentures?


    There are two main types of dentures. They are:-

  • Complete dentures: Complete dentures are removable appliance that replaces all the natural teeth. It may be conventional and are made after the removal of the teeth and after the gums are healed. This usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks. Complete dentures can be immediately fixed. These dentures are made in advance and are placed immediately after the teeth are removed.
  • Partial dentures: Partial dentures replace one or more, but less than all of the natural teeth and associated structures of the arch.

  • What is an overdenture?


    An overdenture uses roots if they have adequate bone, or implants that hold the denture in place in the mouth with the help of special attachments. This holds the denture firmly in place.


    How long will my dentures last?


    Like anything else, a denture will wear out over time. Dentures are made from plastic and it can break if dropped. Dentures will need to be relined, remade, or rebased due to normal wear over a period of time and normal shrinkage of your gums and bones.


    Is it possible for me to eat with my dentures?


    New dentures will require a learning period. You should start with soft foods that are cut into small pieces. As you become used to chewing with your dentures, you can return to your normal diet.


    Should I remove my denture while sleeping?


    Removing a denture at night lets the tissues of the mouth rest and breath.


    How should I clean my dentures?


  • Your denture should be cleaned on a daily basis. It is recommended to clean them 2-3 times a day.
  • When cleaning, first rinse away loose food particles thoroughly. Then moisten toothbrush, apply denture cleanser and brush. Avoid using hard-bristled brushes as it can damage your dentures.
  • Brush every surface, scrubbing gently to avoid damage.
  • Avoid using hot water as it can cause the dentures to warp.
  • The denture should be soaked in water when it is not in your mouth so that it will not dry out and warp. Taking care of your mouth also is vital if you wear full dentures.

  • How often should I have a checkup?



    Dental Filling


    What are dental composite resins?


    A dental composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) that can be bonded to teeth. The resin forms a seal that reduces the chance of leakage, a common feature in silver fillings. They also support the remaining tooth structure, and help to prevent breakage. It insulates the tooth from excessive temperature changes.


    Is it a painful procedure?


    No.The procedure is not painful at all. However, after receiving a composite, it is normal for a patient to experience post-operative sensitivity. The sensitivity is to temperature - hot and cold and this sensitivity subsides after few days.


    Should I visit my dentist after the procedure?


    Yes. You will require regular checkups. These checkups are necessary to track changing conditions in the mouth.


    Who requires white fillings?


    Anyone with minor tooth decay will require white fillings. White fillings are also used when existing metallic filling is to be replaced.


    If my tooth does not hurt, and my filling is still in place, why should the filling be replaced?


    Remember, constant pressure from chewing, grinding or clenching can cause dental fillings, or restorations, to wear away, chip or crack. Your dentist can identify weaknesses in your restorations during a regular check-up.


    Why should I consider white fillings?


    White fillings are not just functional, but can be natural looking as well. In most cases, the white filing cannot be differentiated from the natural tooth.


    What are the advantages of white fillings?


    The benefits of white fillings are multiple. They are:-

  • White fillings are tooth colored and therefore "invisible". White fillings are therefore great for aesthetics.
  • White fillings bond very well to the tooth. They can be smaller than silver fillings, and therefore help in saving tooth structure.
  • White fillings have less tooth sensitivity both because they are smaller and they are not made of metal like the silver fillings.
  • There are numerous improvements over the past years that has greatly improved the durability of white fillings.

  • What are tooth-colored fillings made of?


    Tooth-colored plastic mixture is filled with silicon dioxide.


    Are there any alternative to fillings?


    An alternative for fillings is crowns, inlays and veneers. Veneers are used on front teeth.


    Is it a painful procedure?


    No. The procedure is not painful. However, after receiving a composite, it is normal for a patient to experience post-operative sensitivity to temperature - hot and cold. The sensitivity usually subsides after few days.


    Should I visit my dentist after the procedure?


    Yes. Regular checkups are encouraged in order to track changing conditions in the mouth.



    Dental Crown


    What is a dental crown?


    A dental crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown is used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment of the teeth


    How doea a dental crown differ from filling?


    A dental crown completely encases the outer area of the tooth, thus creating a new outer surface for the tooth. On the other hand fillings are done to restore a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures back to its normal function and shape.


    What does the dental crown procedure consist of?


    A dental crown procedure usually requires two appointments.

  • In the first appointment, the tooth is reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression of the existing tooth is taken and is sent to the dental technician's laboratory. A temporary crown is applied which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until the new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
  • In the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and permanent crown/crowns are cemented in place.
  • How long do dental crowns last?
  • On an average, dental crowns last between 5 and 15 years. however, the life span of a crown depends on the amount of "wear and tear" the crown is exposed to and also the oral hygiene of the person.


    Should I continue to visit the dentist after the procedure?


    Immediately after the procedure you will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown. Occasionally a dental crown might pop off, in which case the crown must be replaced immediately for reasons of tooth sensitivity and aesthetic appearance. In such cases please visit your dentist immediately.



    Dental Bridges


    What is a dental bridge?


    A dental bridge is a natural looking dental appliance that is used to replace a missing section of the teeth. Dentalbridges are usually custom-made and are therefore barely noticeable. They restore the natural contour of the teeth as well as proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.


    Who requires a dental bridge?


    Anyone with one or many missing teeth requires a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a natural looking dental appliance that is used to replace a missing section of the teeth.


    What are the benefits of dental bridges?


    Dental bridges serve a number of purposes. They include:-

  • Replacement of the biting surface of teeth.
  • Stabilization of adjacent teeth.
  • Enhances your smile.

  • What is the process for attaching a dental bridge?


    The process for attaching a dental bridge usually requires two appointments.

  • In the first appointment, we will prepare your teeth for the bridge. An impression of your mouth is taken and the impression is sent to the dental technician's laboratory. In the meantime, a temporary bridge is applied which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new bridge is fabricated (temporary bridge serves to protect your teeth and gums).
  • In the second appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is cemented in place.

  • How long do dental bridges last?


    On an average, dental bridges last between 5 and 7 years. More accurately, the life span of dental bridges depends on the amount of "wear and tear" it is exposed to and also on the oral hygiene of the person.


    Will I be able to eat with a dental bridge?


    Replacing of the missing teeth actually makes eating easier. However, until you become accustomed to the bridge, eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces.



    Comprehensive Checkups and Cleanings


    “A smile is a window on your face to show your heart is at home”


    Prakash Dental Care – a place you can trust for your family's dental care. Regular dental checkups are the best way to keep your oral health at its best. Our non-invasive techniques help spot early signs of tooth decay and tooth disease. In view of the prevalence of oral cancers, we propagate oral cancer screening with state-of-the-art VELscope and bite analysis. We assess your periodontal health and suggest therapies to prevent or treat gum diseases. If you are experiencing headaches or unexplained facial pain, discuss it with us. We screen for TMJ disorders. We also evaluate jaw joint function to determine the source of distress. Our non-surgical treatment options have been a boon in alleviate discomfort in a number of our patients. Drop by now. Get one our skilled team-mates tol clean your teeth until they shine and remove hardened food particles, plaque, and tartar for improved periodontal health and fresh breath. Regular cleanings keep teeth looking fantastic and prevent the damage caused by decay and disease-causing oral bacteria.



    General Dentistry


    At Prakash Dental Care, general dentistry is at its best. We offer a complete range of services, beginning with oral hygiene. We believe that the health of the mouth has a direct impact on the well being of the entire body. We tackle the smallest oral health issue aggresively. We stop problems before they take over your reason to keep smiling. We work towards preventing and protecting you against health complications caused by dental decay and disease.



    Dental Implants


    Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures are handled by experts at our clinic. Dr. Prakash, the director personally oversees most of these procedures. So don't let missing teeth bother you. Our specialists can replace missing teeth without involving adjacent teeth or use a removable denture. Surgically placed below the gums, dental implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Dental implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the dental implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Call us today and schedule your appointment or consultation.



    Cosmetic Dentistry


    A smile speaks volumes about the person and what better way to accentuate a smile than a sparkling and neat set of teeth. In many a study, it suggests that a beautiful, confident smile is a road to being successful. Dr. Prakash at Prakash Dental Care specializes in smile transformations. With a variety of cosmetic dentistry services, he accommodates a range of aesthetic needs which include mask chips, stains, and gaps with natural-looking veneers. Teeth whitening treatments work effectively by gently lifting off of stains caused by foods, aging, and medications. Our invisalign braces are a huge success in providing straighter teeth without the immature look of traditional metal braces. Visit our smile gallery and read the testimonials of our satisfied patients. See how cosmetic dentistry has changed the lives of our patients.