Your teeth are designed to last for a lifetime over the years. Unfortunately, tooth decay, gum disease, or trauma can compromise the longevity of your smile. Thankfully, the latest advancements in dentistry make it possible to preserve your natural teeth for longer than ever, even after they have been damaged. Among the most beneficial treatments in restorative dentistry are root canals and dental implants. Your dentist can rebuild your smile using a procedure that best meets your needs.
Save Damaged Teeth with a Root Canal
A root canal is an endodontic procedure used to save an infected or severely damaged tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. On average, over 15 million root canals are performed annually. Although they are common, the treatment is only recommended when there are no other viable options to save your tooth. While they have a bad reputation for being painful, you have nothing to fear. Now, they are virtually no worse than a traditional filling.
Your dentist removes the areas of decay and extracts the inner layer of your tooth, called the pulp. Your tooth is sterilized before sealing it with a putty-like material called gutta-percha. Now your tooth’s health is restored, so it no longer needs to be removed. A custom-made dental crown is placed over the root to reinstate its function and appearance.
Replace Missing Teeth with Dental Implants
Despite the latest advancements in dentistry, there may come a time when your tooth cannot be saved or is lost from an injury. It is estimated 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Now, 500,000 people per year are turning to dental implants to complete their smiles.
Dental implants are different from any other prosthetics because they replace the entire structure of the tooth, including the root. This allows them to offer various benefits that are not possible with any other treatment, such as stopping the deterioration of your jawbone.
Dental implant posts are surgically placed into your jaw to mimic the roots of your teeth. Special abutments are fixed onto the posts to connect your restorations. Together, it gives you the next best thing to your real teeth using a solution that is proven to last for several decades.
No matter if you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch, dental implants can rebuild your smile using a reliable option.
Save Your Smile Today!
Your smile can last for a lifetime with the right care over the years. If you have a damaged or missing tooth, not all hope is lost. Your dentist has the solutions you need to rebuild a healthy, beautiful smile.
About Dr. Richard A. Cea
Dr. Richard A. Cea is supported by over 25 years of experience as a dentist. He uses state-of-the-art technology to help his patients reach and maintain optimal oral health. He specializes in restorative dentistry to save compromised teeth. If you need a root canal or want to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.