Let’s talk rootsRoots hold your teeth in place and contain canals, which in turn contain a pulp chamber that stocks the living tissues. As this pulp contains the nerves, cells, blood vessels and fibres if they become injured, contaminated or damaged, your tooth can in turn start to die. Once this has happened it leaves your tooth vulnerable to infection, which can cause a lot of pain. So if this does happen then you will most likely need a root canal treatment, a procedure that involves removing the degenerated tissue within the root canal, and then sealing it to prevent further infection. The root canal treatment can often be useful to save decayed teeth.
What does the procedure involve?The procedure involved in a root canal is pretty straightforward. Before the actual process your dentist will take X-rays to help determine the number of roots and identify the infection symptoms. You may then have a rubber dam placed; this is to make the process more relaxing for you and can also reduce the risks of re-infection in the root canals afterwards. After drilling into the tooth to access the canals, narrow filing instruments will be used to carry out the procedure by removing any decayed pulp. Any debris left over will then be removed with irrigation fluid before the root canals are sealed. Crowns or inlays may be placed after for a variety of reasons. Teeth that have undergone this treatment may appear darker but can be bleached. Contact the team at Clifton Dental Studio in Bristol for more information.
How does All-on-4 work?All-on-4 is different to traditional implant systems because it uses four implants to secure a full arch of new teeth and it offers an instant solution to tooth loss. Normally, implant treatment takes several months and at least 6 implants are required for a complete arch of teeth. With All-on-4, two implants are placed at the front of the mouth, with the other two located at the back. Normally, implants are positioned at 90 degree angles, but in the case of All-on-4, the back implants are placed at 45 degree angles. This facilitates quicker healing and increased stability.
What are the benefits of All-on-4?All-on-4 provides an array of benefits for patients who have had traditional dentures in the past, as well as those who are searching for a tooth replacement treatment for the first time. Treatment time is a major benefit, as with All-on-4, you can enjoy the results immediately, rather than having to wait for months. The implants also provide greater stability, which enhances oral function and increases your power to bite and chew. When patients who have had dentures in the past have All-on-4 treatment, they are able to enjoy peace of mind, as there is no chance of the denture coming loose, which reduces the risk of irritation and enables patients to enjoy eating. If you’d like to find out more about All-on-4 or you would like information about the procedure, fees or pros and cons of treatment, call our friendly team and arrange a consultation today!