Crown lengthening is a surgical procedure that re-contours the gum tissue and often the underlying bone of a tooth. Crown lengthening is often for a tooth to be fitted with a crown. It provides necessary space between the supporting bone and crown, which prevents the new crown from damaging bone and gum tissue.
Dr. Frade, your San Rafael crown dentist will explain your crown options and answer your questions. There are three basic types of crowns:
1) Porcelain outer surface with a metal base crown
2) Pure porcelain or composite crown
3) All metal crown, which is usually gold They all differ in durability, strength, appearance and cost. Select a crown below to learn more about it.
Why a Root Canal?
Root canals are necessary when a cavity that has been left untreated becomes larger. Once the cavity reaches the pulp of the tooth, an infection forms at the base of the root canal, causing an abscess. This abscess is generally painful and will need to be removed.
The doctors at Marin Center for Aesthetic Dentistry know that serious tooth decay can often require a root canal to solve the issue. A root canal may be needed if the decay has reached the tooth's nerve. Essentially, a root canal involves cleaning out a tooth's infected root, then filling and sealing the canal.
Root Canal Procedure:
1) An opening is made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp chambe
2) The pulp is removed, and the root canals are cleaned, enlarged and shaped.
3) The infected area is medicated.
4) The root canals are filled.
5) The crown opening is filled with a temporary.
If you are experiencing severe tooth pain, you may need a root canal. The only sure way to know is to call our San Rafael, CA dental office at (415) 485-1800 and setup an appointment with Dr. Frade. We work closely with a root canal specialist in our area and are happy to provide a referral if needed.
Sedation dentistry administers medication to help dental patients remain calm and relaxed prior to and during dental procedures. If you are experiencing an uncomfortably high level of anxiety, Dr. Frade may recommend dental sedation. The most common form of dental sedation is an oral medication or nitrous oxide gas which is inhaled.
Decades of research and successful practice have shown that the inhalation of a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen provides fast, effective analgesia, pain relief and, relaxation. Allowing Dr. Frade to complete your dental work while you stay absolutely comfortable. Nitrous oxide takes effect almost instantly and is out of the patient's system within a few minutes, allowing a patient to quickly return to normal activities after dental work is complete.