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There are many dental procedures performed by a general dentist. Most procedures involve surgery at the areas of the mouth, teeth and/or gums. But what exactly is involved? Learn the process of some procedures, as well as the advantages, alternatives, possible problems and post treatment care recommendations.
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Following is a list of the more frequent dental procedures performed. They range from the basic (cavity fillings, extractions) to the more complex (bridges, dentures), and includes some specialized (implants, root canals, braces) procedures as well. Some pages contain videos to further enhance your reading experience.
Be certain to follow any after care instructions, provided by your dentist, especially for those dental procedures which involve surgery. Also be certain to use any dental products recommended by the dentist. Recommended products are often designed to promote faster healing, combat infection, and help maintain good dental health. Also take a moment to review the Dental Patient Guide. This guide provides information on your rights as a dental patient, discusses treatment plans, and offers suggestions on handling complaints.
Dental Procedures and Conditions
Non Surgical Procedures
Cosmetic Dentistry (includes Crowns, Porcelain Veneers, Dental Bonding, Inlays/Onlays, Dental Recontouring and Teeth Whitening), Orthodontic Braces, Fixed Bridge, Full and Partial Dentures, Sealants, Dental Flipper, Dental Mouthguard, Snap-On Smile
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Dental Bone Grafts
Bone Grafts for Implants
Dental Bone Graft Types
Orthodontic Braces including:
Types of Braces
Retainers and Pre-Finishers
Complications and Risks
Treatment Time and Costs
Types of Bridges
Post Treatment Care
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Fixed Bridge Emergencies
Tooth Composition: Enamel and Dentin
Cavities - The Breakdown
Signs and Symptoms of Cavities
Causes of Cavities
Other Risk Factors
Facts and Recommendations for Managing Cavities
Making a Crown
Dental Crown Problems
What it is and how it is used in Dentistry
Dentures - Full and Partial
Types of Removable Complete Dentures
Complete Denture Development Process
Newly Inserted Dentures
Problems with Complete Dentures
Incorporating the Use of Implants with Complete Dentures
Types of Removable Partial Dentures (RPD's)
Classifying Partial Denture Cases
The Components of a Removable Partial Denture
Caring For Removable Complete and Partial Dentures
Denture Emergency Care
Types of Extractions
Post Care Instructions
Infections and Risks
Extraction Site Preservation
Immediate Dental Implants
Types of Mouth Guards
Mouth Guards and Braces
Caring for Mouth Guards
Root Canal Therapy
The Root Canal Process
Post Operative Care
The Application Process
Caring for Dental Sealants
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Scaling and Root Planning
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Alternative Treatments for Diseases of the Mouth
There are at least 20 organisms responsible for infections in the teeth. Find your cure to toothache pain, bad breath, canker sores, gingivitis, periodontal disease and root canal side effects on this page.
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