Mark Gilbert Family Dentistry
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A root canal is a restorative procedure typically used to repair and save a tooth that has become infected or badly decayed. During a root canal, a hole is drilled to access the tooth’s damaged or infected nerve and pulp – that is, the tissue inside of the tooth – which are then removed, and the inside is thoroughly cleaned of bacteria and debris. The tooth is then sealed up with special dental paste and compounds. Root canal therapy may be followed up with other restorative treatments afterward, depending on the needs of the tooth.
Root canals are often thought to be painful, but the great majority of patients report no more pain than they experience having a filling replaced. Root canals, in fact, not only save teeth that would otherwise have to be removed, but completely relieve the excruciating pain of tooth infection.
Partial dentures are used if only some of your teeth are missing, and consist of replacement teeth affixed to a plastic base.
Partial dentures not only give you a complete smile, but protect your remaining natural teeth by filling gaps and and preventing the teeth from shifting position.
Night Guard Bruxism
Bruxism (a term derived from the Greek for “biting” or “gnashing”), or teeth grinding, is a very common problem that is characterized by excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth, potentially wearing teeth down, or even badly damaging them, if the problem is severe. Bruxism can also shorten the life of any restorative measures, such as crowns and fillings.
Sleep bruxism is one of the most common sleep-related movement disorders, estimated to affect approximately 10% of adults. Because so many things can cause tooth wear, it is often difficult to pinpoint bruxism as the source of the problem, particularly as the person suffering from it may not be aware of the issue. Only a trained professional will know what to look for in diagnosing this disorder, and how best to treat it.