Root Canal Therapy And When It Is Needed

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you are like many people, you may have heard of root canal therapy but may not know much about it. This type of therapy is used to alleviate the discomfort that arises from dental nerves that have been irreparably damaged. Here is a bit of information about root canal therapy and when it is needed: What occurs during root canal therapy? As root canal therapy is performed, the material inside the tooth is removed, and the tooth is subsequently filled and capped. The innermost layer of a tooth is the pulp. This soft material includes the blood vessels and dental nerves of the tooth. When the pulp is removed, any discomfort associated with the tooth should be alleviated because the nerves are no longer present.  After the pulp’s removal, the interior of the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The tooth is then filled and covered with a suitable dental crown. A tooth-colored crown is usually selected for aesthetic purposes. What are some reasons that a root canal becomes necessary? A root canal can become necessary for a variety of reasons. Here are a few of them: Abuse of Over-the-counter Teeth-whitening Kits Teeth-whitening kits are considered safe, but they should only be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Kits that are used too often can result in chronic dental sensitivity. The nerves can become irreversibly inflamed by the chemicals used in the whitening products.  Severe Dental Infections If a tooth becomes infected, you may notice multiple symptoms, such as pain, discoloration of the tooth, an abscess on the gums near the tooth and an increase in dental sensitivity to pressure, cold and heat. The administration of an antibiotic to quell the infection may alleviate some of the symptoms, but if the nerves have been damaged during the infection, a root canal may be needed. Not only does the root canal remove any infected material that may be remaining in the tooth, but it also removes the inflamed dental nerves that cause your discomfort. Dental Decay A minor cavity may only breach the surface of the tooth enamel. However, deep cavities can invade the dentin and the underlying pulp, inflaming the nerves of the tooth. Root canal therapy may be necessary to relieve the pain and protect the tooth from further decay. To learn more about root canals and why they are performed, schedule an appointment with a dentist, such as Jeffrey S. Thaller DMD, in your...

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Stop Rooting Around: Alternatives To A Root Canal Surgery

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Root canal is perhaps the most horrifying word in a dental dictionary. When people hear that they need a root canal, many nearly recoil in fear. Needing a root canal can be difficult enough, especially if the tooth is in pain.  If you need a root canal but absolutely refuse to have the surgery, there are some alternatives. Some people are not aware that a root canal is just one action of many.  If you want to come up with an alternative to a root canal, here are some plans that you can put into action.  Pull the tooth and put in a bridge If the teeth surrounding the area that need the root canal are in good health, you can put in a bridge. First, you will need to get the tooth pulled. Once the tooth and root are healed, you can get fitted for a crown that will cover the missing tooth and a bridge to anchor it to the other teeth in the area. This solution works for everyone no matter what tooth size they are dealing with. This solution is also better when you only need one tooth replaced rather than several. Getting one tooth pulled and a bridge made can be cheap for those who are looking for a root canal alternative that will last for good.  Have the tooth pulled and replace with an implant Dental implants are a long-term solution to a missing tooth. If you need a root canal but do not desire to have this surgery, investing in an implant can be a good next step. First, you will need to have the tooth pulled and wait for the root and gum to heal. This process will take up to several weeks. Once the tooth has healed, you will be able to get the dental implant. During a dental implant, a screw is placed in the gums, where the root of the tooth previously resided. Attached to the end of the screw will be a tooth that was created specifically for you. Dental implants help to keep the gums healthy and strong, as well as offer a good long-term option. Dental implants can remain in your mouth forever, making them a permanent solution. If you need more than one root canal or if you have had a root canal on the same tooth more than once, a dental implant can save money and save your...

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Things To Know About Periodontitis & Loose Teeth

Posted by on Mar 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

When you have good oral health, you should not be able to wiggle any of your teeth. If you have noticed that a few of your teeth are loose, it likely means that you have weak jawbones. The most common reason for jawbones to get weak is from periodontitis, which is a severe form of gum disease. If you have periodontitis, you will need prompt treatment that might include extracting the loose teeth. Take a look at this article for more information about periodontitis and loose teeth. Why Periodontitis Is a Big Concern Periodontitis is a big concern because it can completely destroy your oral health. Being that you already have a few teeth that are loose, it is likely that your oral health is already in a severe condition. Basically, periodontitis usually develops from not getting gingivitis treated, which is a mild form of gum disease. A dentist can diagnose periodontitis based on the specific oral health problems that you have. Some of the problems that he or she will look for include dental abscesses, bleeding gums, excessive amounts of tartar, and rotten teeth. Treatment That Might Be Necessary Depending on how loose your teeth are, you might need to get them extracted. The reason why extraction might be necessary is because the teeth will eventually fall out anyway. However, if the teeth are only slightly loose, the dentist might be able to reserve them. Once periodontitis has been treated, your jawbones can begin to get stronger. You might also need to get your teeth thoroughly cleaned, have cavities filled, and take antibiotics. However, your specific condition is what will determine the type of treatment that is necessary. How Extracted Teeth Can Be Replaced Don’t worry about having to go around with missing teeth for too long if they end up being extracted, as you can replace them by investing in dental implants. However, you will also have to invest in bone grafting so the implants can stay in place. The dentist will basically have to install metal posts in your bones that can hold artificial teeth by becoming their roots. You won’t get the artificial teeth on the same day as the implants because you will have to go home to heal for a while, which could take a few months. Make an appointment with a dentist such as Aaron G Birch, DDS PC to find out if you have periodontitis and should consider dental...

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Caring For Temporary Crowns: Three Things To Know

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized |

If you’ve made the decision to get a crown put in place, your dentist may give you a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready to be placed over your existing tooth. There are a few things you will need to do to care for a temporary crown to ensure it lasts until your next dental appointment. Temporary Discomfort You may feel some pain ore tenderness after having the temporary crown put in place. Your dentist can give you a list of foods you can eat in the days after the crown is put in place, but you’ll want to avoid eating immediately after the procedure. Typically, soft foods will be easiest to manage after the procedure. You may want to try apple sauce, mashed potatoes, or gelatin until the discomfort subsides. When you move on to more regular foods, try to avoid chewing on the side of the mouth where the crown is located as much as possible. It may not be possible to completely avoid chewing with the crown completely, but keeping contact with food to a minimum can reduce the risk of damaging the crown and can also help to reduce discomfort. Foods To Avoid In general, foods that are sticky should be avoided, as they could cause the temporary crown to become dislodged. Taffy, caramel, chewing gum, and licorice are just some of the foods that can be too sticky to eat after having your temporary crown put in place. Hard or crunchy foods might break the crown, so stay away from raw vegetables, such as carrots or celery. Similarly, don’t bite your nails or chew on ice, as these habits can also damage the crown. Brushing And Flossing You’ll want to continue to brush and floss regularly, but take extra care when tending to the area around the crown. Floss between the crown and the gum as much as possible to prevent food particles from becoming lodges in this area. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and brush your teeth gently to avoid damaging the crown. You can also use a mouthwash to help remove food particles and keep the area around the crown clean. Be sure to follow up with your dentist if you have any troubles or concerns, and ask about when you can schedule the procedure for putting the permanent crown in place. With the right care, your temporary crown can last all the way until your permanent crown is ready to be put over your tooth. Get more info...

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How To Get A Grasp On Bad Breath

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Sometimes bad breath can sneak up on you and then leave as quickly as it appeared. However, there may be other times when you can’t seem to shake your bad breath. This can cause many different problems and uncomfortable situations in your day to day life. You should educate yourself on the best and easiest ways that you can go about keeping your bad breath in check. Stay away from strong stinky foods There are some foods that are very strong and stinky and they bring with them a smell that will linger for quite a while. No matter what you do to try to get rid of the smell, the odor can continue coming up from your stomach and cause bad breath to linger for  a long period of time, even hours. Some foods known for causing horrible breath include garlic and onions. Brushing and using mouthwash will do nothing to help with the smell of your breath if the smell is coming up from your stomach. One thing that you can try is to break off a nice sized piece of fresh cilantro, slowly chew it and then swallow. Cilantro can be very effective against bad breath. Use the right dental care products You should be looking specifically for dental care products that specify they will help with bad breath. This includes toothpaste, mouthwash and even mint flavored dental floss. These products contain certain ingredients, like peppermint, that can help you to defeat odors in your mouth. While you can purchase breath mints and breath sprays you should know that these products will only mask the bad breath for a short period of time. You really need something that’s going to get down in the teeth and clean them while providing you with the freshening products at the same time. Keep yourself healthy Sometimes you can have bad breath due to gastrointestinal problems that cause strong smelling odors to come up in your mouth from your stomach. Other times you can suffer from bad breath when you are also dealing with bad cavities or gum disease. This is why it’s so important for you to be sure you go to your doctor and a dentist like Lake Pleasant Dentistry for all of your check ups and stay on top of any conditions you may be dealing with. If you have any sudden concerns about your health then you don’t want to put off making an appointment to get...

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