When decay (cavity) has dissolved away much of a tooth’s protective enamel and becomes infected or damages the inner nerve, Dr. Sneed may recommend a root canal to save the tooth. Essentially a root canal involves removing nerve tissue inside a tooth, filling these canals with sterile material and then covering it with a crown.
In the event a tooth must be pulled, we offer treatment options to replace the missing tooth with a bridge, dental implants, or removable appliances. In addition to being unsightly, losing a tooth can lead to other problems with surrounding teeth. Dental implants are one of the best methods to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants are simply titanium fixtures which act as anchors for a natural looking tooth or to keep dentures secured in place for eating.
So long as the patient has sufficient bone for the anchor, implants are an excellent and permanent alternative to either fixed or a removable bridge or denture. The advantages of dental implants are:
- Highly stable
- Natural appearance and function
- Feel better than traditional replacements
- Same biting force as bridges
- They last a lifetime