Weybridge Dental


Hi Loves,
I don't know about you, but the dentist fills me with dread, we know it's 100% necessary but it doesn't make it any easier, although 99% of the time I have left the surgery wondering why I made it such a big deal in the first place.
Heading to the dentist is something we all (should) endure at least every six months. But for many of us, sitting in the dentist chair is an uncomfortable and stressful experience and we dread the day when we might have to have more than a descale and polish.
So, here you’ll find some of the most common dental procedures explained – so when the day comes and you’re having a filling in Brighton or you’re seeing a root canal specialist in Surrey – you can be a little better prepared!
Root Canal
Most shudder at the very thought of this procedure, and some will tell you all the gory details of their own experience. But these days a root canal treatment is a very common procedure that comes with as much discomfort as a filling.
A root canal is used to treat a severely infected tooth before the bacterial infection spreads to other teeth, causing more damage. If your tooth has experienced trauma or you’ve had a leaky filling, then you could be susceptible to an infection. During a root canal treatment, your dentist will open the tooth and basically clean the infected area and refill it. This is then sealed with either a filling or a crown.
A Crown
Mentioned above, so let’s go into a little more detail. A crown is something that is used to permanently recap a broken or damaged tooth – or used to strengthen your tooth after root canal. Comprised of metal, porcelain or a combination of the two, these clever little things sit over the part of the tooth that shows above the gum line.
When you go for your treatment, the area in question will be numbed using an anaesthetic and the tooth will be filed down to accommodate the new crown. Or if there’s too much tooth missing, then your dentist will use a filling agent to create more tooth. How clever is that?
Bridges & Implants
If you lose a tooth or have a tooth missing then it can really knock your confidence, and that’s when a bridge or an implant comes into play. A bridge is a removable denture. Which is basically a false tooth that is held in place by the natural teeth around it and it attached by using crowns.
Implants are slightly different. An implant will look at feel like a completely natural tooth but the difference here is that this false tooth will be anchored into the empty tooth socket in the jaw bone with a series of metal posts or frames. These, in time, will fuse with the bone – giving you a more natural feel and your gorgeous smile back once again.
Quite literally, the last resort. If your tooth is damaged or rotten beyond repair, then it will need to be removed or extracted. But rest assured, your dentist will do everything they can to save your tooth!
When it comes to your dental health: prevention is better than cure so, brush at least twice daily and floss too!

Hopefully this has helped relieve some of the doubt and worry, I recently underwent a root canal and lived to tell the tale.

Lyn x

This post was written in collaboration with Weybridge Dental.