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Common Dental Treatments: What’s The Difference?

You must have heard your dentist talk about bonding, braces and root canals, but you barely know what each one means. Perhaps like everyone else, you too are wondering what type of procedure will you undergo if your dentist says that you need to have this done and that one too. So before you get yourself confused, here are some of the standard dental treatments and what each one represents.


This is a type of restorative dental procedure where a composite is applied on the infected teeth. Fractured, chipped or decayed teeth are the ones that are treated during this process. An enamel-colored composite resin (practically made of plastic) is applied to the infected tooth after it has been thoroughly cleaned and treated. Bonding also helps close tooth gaps. Unlike dental veneers, bonding work is done in the dental clinic and does not require waiting time.


The dental brace is also a therapeutic procedure where the brace is applied to the teeth to correct its alignment. Bite-related problems raised with the dentist whether underbite or overbite are also recommended with dental braces. The braces may stay on the teeth for a couple of months or longer depending on the realignment it requires. Braces can help straighten teeth by applying steady pressure on it for a good few weeks.

Bridges and Dental Implants

If you are missing a tooth or teeth, bridges and dental implants might have one of the dental options. Bridges are made of false teeth that are attached to its adjacent teeth. The natural teeth that are left are considered the anchor of the bridge. It is usually made of two crowns that are rooted on the remaining teeth with its crown at the center. Dental implants, on the other hand, are artificial teeth with artificial roots implanted on the gums as a tooth replacement.

Caps and Crowns

Crowns or more popularly referred to as caps in the field of dentistry are a form of dental restoration. It provides protection for crack, broken or damaged teeth. It sits over the part of the tooth that is found in the gums. It ensures that you can eat as normally as possible despite the dental condition.


Most dentists would resort to removal only after they have already tried other means. A severely damaged, irreparable tooth condition results in the last extraction to not further the damage in the mouth. Permanent teeth are usually extracted only for orthodontic treatments. Otherwise, the dentist will recommend something else like a root canal or an extraction then an implant.