Dental care and technology have come a long way, and nowadays dentists and periodontists can provide long-lasting solutions to common problems. New dentistry techniques make procedures more comfortable and less time-consuming. General dentistry practices can treat all kinds of problems and conditions, with procedures like endodontics or root canals, implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, veneers, white fillings, and gum tissue surgeries. Root canals, dental implants and CEREC restoration are used to repair or replace decayed, broken or missing teeth.
- Root canals
Root canals are one of the most commonly performed dental procedures and offer a lasting solution to the problem of tooth decay. As many as 15 million root canals are done each year, with an average of 41,000 performed each day.
Root canals save a tooth which is already affected by decay by removing the nerve and pulp, which are the materials susceptible to decay. The final step is the filling of the tooth cavity with a crown or a filling, so the tooth looks as good as new. Root canals have a high success rate and 95% of teeth repaired with a root canal will last a lifetime.
- Crowns and implants
Crowns and implants are alternatives to root canals. Periodontists specialize in dental implants, as well as gum disease. There are several types of dental implants, including crowns and bridge replacements for missing teeth.
Dental implants are very popular, and the number of Americans who have dental implants is growing by 500,000 each year. At present, about 3 million people have dental implants. Their popularity is due to the success rate of dental implants, which is as high as 98%, as reported in the scientific literature.
- CEREC same-day restorations
This technique was developed at the University of Zurich in 1980 by Professor Werner H. Mormann and Dr. Marco Brandestini. Instead of using physical impressions which are then used to produce the implant, CERE uses 3D X-ray technology to create a model of the tooth or portion of the tooth to be replaced.
Such a model is much more accurate and quicker than the old method, since the ceramic restoration can be produced and fitted in a single visit. Ceramic is a better fit and more biocompatible than the gold or amalgam used earlier. CEREC restoration has a success rate of 95.5% over a period of nine years and 84.4% over eighteen years.
For people suffering from decayed, broken or missing teeth, dentists and periodontists have a range of new techniques and procedures to restore and repair teeth with new and highly compatible materials. New technology makes possible providers like one-day implants, where earlier it would have taken at least two visits. The new techniques are also quicker, more comfortable, and produce longer-lasting results.