Fillings, Bondings, Root Canals
When you go for a dental exam, our dentists will check your fillings and may suggest that you replace any loose or broken ones. Your dentist will look for signs of decay, such as brown or black spots and may want to use x-rays to take a closer look at problem spots.
If you have a cavity your dentist may keep an eye on it if it is small, or fill it right away. If a large cavity is not filled, it can get bigger and cause pain. The tooth may even have to be removed and replaced with a false or artificial tooth.
If you have a cavity and it needs a filling there are 2 common kinds of fillings to do the job.
1. Composite fillings
are also called white fillings. To place this filling, your dentist cleans all decay from the tooth and puts a glue (bonding material) on the inside of the prepared tooth. Composite resin is put into the preparation in thin layers. Each layer gets hard with the help of a special light that your dentist holds over the tooth. When the last layer of the filling is hard, your dentist shapes the filling so it looks and feels natural.
2. Dental amalgam fillings
Fillings are sometimes called “silver” fillings. Because these fillings are silver in colour, they are used to fill back teeth. They are a mix of metals such as mercury, silver, copper and tin.
Bonding is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. In most cases, several teeth can be bonded in one dental visit. Bonding uses tooth colored material called composite resin. The composite resin is put on the tooth, then shaped and hardened with a special light. The composite resin can be matched to your teeth, shaped to look like the missing part of a chipped or broken tooth, used to build up teeth and fill between them or painted over a stained tooth to make it match the color of your other teeth.
Your tooth will first be cleaned and prepared to help the composite resin to bond or stick to the enamel of your tooth. A color match will be done so that the bonding blends in well with your teeth. Composite resin will be added to your tooth in layers and a light is used to harden each layer. After the last layer is hardened, the dentist will shape and polish the tooth. The finished tooth looks natural and smooth. A polish may be needed at your next appointment if the dentist thinks it’s necessary. Over time the bonding may wear down and your dentist may need to touch up with more bonding.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment, also referred to as endodontic therapy, is an effective and safe treatment for teeth whose pulp has become inflamed or infected. It is a way to try and save an otherwise non-savable tooth but may be required in other scenarios to help restore or salvage a tooth.
Root canal treatment is the process of removing infected or injured tissue, known as the pulp, from inside the crown and roots of a tooth. While working under a rubber dam the dentist will make an opening in the tooth to reach the canals and the damaged pulp. Using very fine dental instruments, the dentist removes the pulp by cleaning and enlarging the canals. Once cleaned, the canal is disinfected, shaped, filled and sealed with natural rubber-like material called gutta percha. The opening of the tooth is then sealed with either a temporary or permanent filling to prevent future infection.
After the treatment
Root canal treatment may be done in 1 or 2 appointments. After treatment, your tooth may be tender for the first week or two. If you experience severe pain or swelling, please call us.
After a root canal treatment, your tooth has to be restored to look, feel and work as much like a natural tooth as possible. A permanent filling will be placed as well as possibly a post in the tooth to help support a crown which you would receive after the previous steps have been taken.
In some cases an extraction is indicated when a tooth cannot be restored or for varying other reasons which your dentist can discuss with you. Replacement options such as implants or bridges can be explained in more detail at your appointment.
If a dental implant is the replacement option that you want to proceed with long term, then you may want to consider bone grafting (socket preservation). This treatment is available at the time of the extraction and can be discussed with you at your appointment.
Post-Operative Instructions Following Tooth Extractions:
Maintain continuous, firm pressure on a moistened gauze pad placed over the wound and change the gauze every 30 minutes until the bleeding stops. A moistened tea bag may also be used.
Do not rinse or disturb the wound in any way for the first 24 hours; after 24 hours you can start with a gentle salt water rinse.
Take pain medication as directed.
Do not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages for the first 24 hours.
Allow hot liquids such as coffee, tea or soup to cool prior to consuming; hot liquids increase the flow of blood and your wound can start to bleed again.
To minimize swelling, apply an ice pack to the affected side of your face – keep the cold compress on for 10 minutes, then remove for 10 minutes and continue repeating for the first 24 hours if possible.
Your jaw muscles may be sore and it may be hard to open your mouth for up to 7 to 10 days; if the muscles are not too sore, massage them gently and eat foods that are easy to chew; do not force your mouth open and do not chew gum or eat hard/chewy foods.
Do not do anything that may create a vacuum pressure in your mouth (avoid smoking or using a straw).
Contact Circle Drive & 8th Street Dental if you have severe pain that continues beyond 48 hours as further treatment may be required.
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Dental Exams, Cleaning & Prevention
A dental exam is critical to your ongoing oral health. A dental exam is the first step in determining overall oral health and allows your dentist to detect any early dental problems that might require oral surgery or other interventions later on.
Children’s Dentistry – Family Friendly
Good habits are formed early in life. Here at Circle Drive & 8th Street Dental in Saskatoon, we know that bringing your child in at an early age starts them on a path to proper dental hygiene and health for the rest of their lives. And we are always happy to welcome new patients!
Emergency Dental Care
Are you experiencing a persistent toothache? Or perhaps a filling has broken and you need it repaired? Don’t worry, we are here to help! We provide a full range of emergency dental services for Saskatoon and accept emergency appointments on short notice.
Fillings, Bondings, Root Canals & Extractions
Cavities are one of the most common dental problems that our patients experience. Bonding is a painless way to make minor repairs to teeth. Root canal treatment is an effective and safe treatment for teeth whose pulp has become inflamed or infected. In some cases, an extraction is needed when a tooth cannot be restored.
Crowns, Veneers, Bridges & Implants
If your tooth is damaged, a crown can be used to restore its shape, appearance and function. You may need a crown if you have a root canal, a large filling or a broken tooth.
Nightguards, Sportsguards & Snoring Appliances
Here at our Saskatoon dental clinic, we provide fittings for nightguards, sports guards, and other equipment that protects your teeth against nighttime clenching and grinding, sports injuries and snoring.
If the thought of a dentist’s appointment makes you anxious, we have options that can make your visit more comfortable. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is one option. Another form of sedation we offer at our clinic is oral sedation, for adults only.
Your smile is one of your best selling points, and no first impression is complete without one. Our clinic offers teeth whitening services to keep your pearly whites looking their best.