ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Root canal therapy is a treatment that is required when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restores its full functionality.
At our Riverwalk Smile Dentistry office in Rock Hill – Root Canal is done to save a tooth that otherwise would have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.For more information on our general dentistry services, do not hesitate to contact our office at (803) 639-7676, or visit us at 998 Riverwalk Pkwy, Ste 203, Rock Hill SC.
Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as its healthy original..
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- gums abscess .
- Severe toothache pain.
- Swelling and/or tenderness.
- Decay has reached the tooth pulp.
- Infection has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth.
What does root canal therapy involve?A root canal procedure entails one or more appointments. While the tooth is anesthetized, a rubber dam is secured around the tooth to keep it dry. A small hole is drilled through the top of the tooth and into the inner chamber to make an access. A series of root canal files are placed into the opening, one at a time, removing the pulp, cleansing the canals.
The cleansed chamber and canals are filled with a permanent elastic material and medication designed to prevent infection. This will protect the tooth and prevent it from breaking, and restore it to its full function. The patient will be given care instructions after each appointment.
Tooth Colored Fillings:
When it comes time for you to need a filling, you can feel confident the appearance of your smile won’t be compromised. A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr Seth will remove the decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, she will apply a special medication for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Porcelain Crowns maintain the aesthetic appearance of teeth by covering the entire visible surface of the tooth, while adding significant reinforcement and protection to the tooth. Crowns can be made of porcelain or gold. Porcelain crowns are extremely natural looking; virtually indistinguishable from other teeth, making them an ideal choice for visible teeth. Gold crowns pose no risk of chipping, and therefore are useful when crowning back teeth
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. After anesthetizing Dr. Seth will remove all areas of decay, Dr Seth will take several highly accurate impressions of the teeth to be crowned and send it to a dental laboratory to create the custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately 2-3 weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental lab. At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.
Dr. Seth will evaluate your case and help you determine the type of crown that is best suited for your needs. Dental crowns –Porcelain or Gold provide a beautiful restoration and long lasting protection.Dr. Seth will give post care instructions and encourage you to have regular dental visits to check your new crown at our Riverwalk Smile Dentistry office in Rock Hill, SC.
Have you lost a tooth?
All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Patients who are missing a tooth or several teeth may experience difficulty chewing and speaking, dental shifts, and an undesirable sunken facial appearance. In addition, missing teeth can eventually lead to jaw and joint problems that are costly to treat. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. A bridge is comprised of one or more artificial teeth, attached to a dental crown on either side of the space. Dental bridges are a conservative way to prevent further shifting of your remaining teeth by stabilizing them and preventing further damage and bone loss.
An inlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain inlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. A porcelain inlay is made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented into the tooth by your dentist. The reasons for Inlay placement can be broken down or fractured teeth, cosmetic reasons, or decayed teeth
An onlay restoration is a custom made filling made of composite material, gold, or tooth-colored porcelain. Porcelain onlays are popular because they resemble your natural tooth. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. Porcelain onlays are made by a professional dental laboratory and is permanently cemented onto the tooth at our Riverwalk Smile Dentistry office in Rock Hill, SC.