- What are some common dental services?
Dental insurance covers a wide variety of dental services and procedures. Some of the most common treatments include basic exams with cleanings, x-rays and fillings for cavities if needed. Full coverage plans can also cover major services such as root canals, crowns, bridges and dentures.
- What are fillings and why are they needed?
Tooth trauma can be caused by cracked or broken teeth, teeth that are worn from nail biting, tooth grinding or using your teeth to open things. Restorative materials are used to repair teeth, which have damaged due to tooth decay (cavities) or trauma. Different materials can be used to repair teeth, the most common being composite fillings made from a tooth-colored resin which looks and feels like natural teeth.
- What are dental sealants?
Sealants are a plastic substance that can be applied to the deep grooves of the molars in the back of the mouth. Sealants can help prevent the buildup of food particles that can cause cavities.
- What are dental mouth guards?
Mouth guards are removable plastic molded pieces that can protect teeth from trauma or grinding. Mouth guards are typically worn during contact sports or while sleeping at night.
- Why are x-rays necessary at the dentist?
X-rays are an important part of any dental treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist identify potential oral care issues before they become a major problem. An x-ray is a type of energy that passes through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue. Teeth and bone are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, while X-rays pass more easily through gums and cheeks.
- What is a root canal?
Root canal treatment or endodontics is the removal of the tooth’s pulp – a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth. Once the pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. The pulp of the tooth contains nerves, arteries, veins that supply the tooth. By the time decay advances near or into the pulp, the tooth is at a high risk of infection and usually begins to ache. The procedure seals off the root canal. Root canal procedures can save teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted.
- What are crowns?
Crowns are dental restorations that protect damaged, cracked or broken teeth. Dental crowns sit over the entire part of the tooth that lies above the gum line and are usually made from porcelain. Dental crowns are used to cover cracked, severely damaged and stained or chipped teeth to hold dental bridges in place. They are placed over the visible part of the tooth to add strength and improve appearance.
- What are bridges?
Bridges are a way of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge, also known as a fixed removable denture, is made to replace one or more missing teeth. There are several different types of dental bridges. The most common bridge is a fixed bridge, which consists of a false tooth with crowns attached to either side. The bridge is used to fill the gap left by a missing tooth. Bridges can be supported in any of two ways: by natural teeth or implants.
- What are dentures?
Dentures are removable artificial teeth that are often glued in place. Complete dentures are typically a replacement for a larger number of teeth, while partial dentures can replace some missing teeth that pair with ones’ remaining natural teeth.
- What are dental implants?
Dental implants are metal posts or frames surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums to act as an anchor for replacement teeth. Dental implants replicate the entire tooth, including the crown and the root. Bone loss is kept to a minimum and healthy teeth are preserved so patients can enjoy increased stability and confidence in eating and speaking. Dental implants are included in the benefit coverage of Renaissance Dental
- What are extractions and why are they needed?
A tooth extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from its socket in the bone. There are many reasons for extracting a permanent tooth, the most common being a broken tooth or a tooth damaged by severe decay. Usually, your dentist will try to use other methods such as fixing the tooth with a filling, crown or other dental treatment, leaving extraction as a final option.
Some people have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in and therefore, need to have extractions. People getting braces may need teeth extracted to make more room for the teeth being moved into place.
- What is orthodontia?
Orthodontia typically deals with the development, growth and modification of the mouth, jaw and face. Orthodontic procedures can be carried out purely for aesthetic reasons such as correcting an improper bite, tooth irregularity, crooked teeth, disproportionate jaw positioning and other issues. Orthodontists will most often use apparatuses such as braces and retainers in order to set a patient’s teeth correctly.