Restore Your Teeth With A Root Canal Treatment

Sometimes before a filling, crown or bridge can be placed, a root canal treatment, also known as endodontics, is required. This is needed when the pulp tissues in the tooth have become infected or inflamed.

Root fillings are therefore sometimes needed before a crown, bridge or filling is done to ensure a healthy base for that treatment.

Root filling a tooth involves the removal of the infected pulp tissues from the canals of a tooth by gently and systematically filing and then flushing the debris out with an antibacterial solution. The canals are measured carefully and then filled, prior to restoring.  There would be 2 X-rays needed with this treatment – one before to assess the number and shape of the canals and one after to check the filling.

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Questions & Answers

How long do crowns, veneers or bridges last?

On average fixed restorations lasts 7-15 years. This time can be reduced if you do not clean the teeth properly and allow gum disease or dental decay to affect the teeth. Also, trauma can damage restorations in the same way it damages natural teeth.

Do I always need a root canal to have a crown?

No, teeth often receive crowns without a root canal.

Are implants better than bridges?

Not necessarily. If the teeth either side of a gap require crowns is may be more sensible and economical to have a bridge.

I don't want really white false looking teeth, do crowns look false?

No, good crowns look highly realistic and can match your existing teeth very well. If however, you want a Hollywood smile you can have that also.

What is involved in having a crown, bridge or Veneer?

First the area is numbed with local anesthetic. The teeth are prepared so a restoration can fit over them. This preparation is important and detailed work, and takes time. After this an impression is made of the prepared teeth and the teeth in the opposite jaw in order to get the correct bite. These impressions are send to one of our high quality dental laboratories to have the restorations manufactured. During this phase you wear a plastic temporary crown, bridge or veneer that looks like teeth. When they are returned to us, we try them in and check they fit properly, bite properly and look good to you and us. If everything is good, the restoration is cemented permanently onto your teeth.

Do you offer different standards of crowns?

No, only the best quality crowns, bridges and veneers are used for all patients. We use different labs for different cases because some labs can recreated teeth for younger people, older people, or bleached teeth better than others. Under no circumstance do we use inferior medical devices even if they are cheaper.

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