No one wants to have a dental emergency. But they can happen to the best of us. One minute you are biting into a sandwich and the next thing you know half of your tooth is in your hand. One minute a pain that was nagging but dull is suddenly keeping you up at night.
We know that tooth pain can interfere with your ability to eat, drink, work, sleep and even think. We are here to help. We offer extended hours, including Saturday appointments, and are happy to see emergency appointments the same day.
Even if you are not in pain, such as when a tooth is broken or lost, it is still extremely important to be evaluated as soon as possible. Often time is of the essence and the first several hours after the incident or accident can determine the prognosis of the affected tooth.
Dr. Banga is highly skilled but also very sensitive and ethical. Our entire staff will treat your dental emergency the way we would want our own treated…promptly and with compassion.
And we will do whatever we can to get you back out of pain and back to your life..
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
The most common reason a root canal is indicated for a patient is when dental decay extends to the nerve of the tooth. This may present itself with or without pain. In either case, a root canal is critical in order to stop the progression of infection.
A root canal is performed by accessing and cleaning out the nerve from the pulp chamber and sealing it to prevent further infection. A crown is then placed to protect the remaining tooth structure.
Unfortunately, once diagnosed, there are no alternative treatments to a root canal other than extracting the tooth, which we do not recommend if at all possible.
Root canals can also be indicated when there has been trauma or root resorption.
Dr. Banga is skilled in performing root canals on most teeth.
Implants are quickly becoming a standard procedure in dentistry. Implants have been around for decades. In the past, they were not well understood by many dentists, and due to the higher expense, patients chose more economical means of dentistry that the dentist was well practiced in. Now, dental implants are considered by many dental professionals as a first choice option that is more conservative than the “standard” choices we as dentists have made for so many years. Fortunately, costs have come down considerably over the years to make it very competitive with conventional treatments. For example, if you want to replace a single tooth, say your lower right first molar, the cost of an implant and a crown to replace this tooth is approximately the same as a 3-unit conventional bridge that would be required to replace the same tooth. There are also implant procedures that allow us to build back an entire arch of teeth and have them permanently fixed into your mouth. No more dentures floating in a cup on your nightstand!