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Tooth Preparation: What You Can Expect

BackMountainDentalIf you are looking into getting a cosmetic dental procedure or restoration, you might come across the term “tooth preparation”. This refers to procedures the dentist will perform to prepare the affected tooth or teeth for cosmetic enhancement or restoration.

Tooth preparation is usually done on treatments and solutions like fillings, crowns, bridges, and veneers. Any decayed part of the tooth will be removed, and the healthy portion will be kept intact as much as possible. If needed, further contouring of the teeth may be done to accommodate dental resin or prosthetic, and allow a snug fit and stable attachment. Temporary bonding or restorations may be placed after the preparation.

Precise techniques and instruments are used in performing tooth preparations. To trim down or shape the tooth, dentists commonly use special dental burrs or drills, which give off a whirring or drilling sound. If the procedure does not reach a tooth’s nerve, it should not hurt. In cases where the nerve may be exposed and touched, anesthesia would typically be applied.

If you think the sound from the equipment or slight sensations from the procedure will make you feel uncomfortable or scared, you may want to ask your dentist about sedation dentistry. Through medications safely administered to make you feel numb or unconscious, you can receive your tooth preparations and treatments comfortably.


September 12, 2014 - Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , ,

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