Root Canal Can Be A Dreaded Procedure
A root canal is treatment of a tooth in order to save it from being removed. This is type of treatment is needed when there has been trauma to the tooth, extensive decay or an infection involving the tooth. This infection may be controlled temporarily with antibiotics but it will return without proper care. The most common signs are sensitivity to temperature, air and pressure. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the mouth and the bone around the tooth will be lost which results in it need to be removed. If the tooth is removed instead of a root canal procedure, this may lead to more costly problems down the road.
Procedure Of A Root Canal
First the decay that is present is removed from the tooth. Then the nerve and blood supply within the tooth is taken out of the root and replaced with material called gutta percha. This results in the tooth not feeling hot or cold anymore. The tooth is still alive by receiving nerve and blood from surrounding tissue. After the root canal is done the missing tooth structure is replaced with what is referred to as a build-up. A resin based material is used for this. Depending on the amount of teeth left a “post” maybe placed in the canal in order to add stability to the remaining structure. Majority of cases a crown is recommended to protect the tooth and make sure it doesn’t get damaged from the stresses during eating and other functions.
With today’s dental technology this procedure is virtually painless and can usually be done within one visit. While most think a root canal is a traumatic experience, here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry we strive to make you as comfortable as possible and provide the best care for you and your tooth.
Number One Cause Of Tooth Loss.
The number one cause of tooth loss in people over 35 is not tooth decay, The number one cause is periodontal (gum and bone) disease. Approximately 70% of teeth in people aged 35 and older is due to periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease can be classed in three stages.
Stages of Periodontal Disease
The first stage and easiest to treat, is gingivitis. Most of us have a pretty good understanding of what gingivitis is by watching ads on the television and seeing seeing ads in magazines. Symptoms may include red, tender tissue around the teeth or an individual tooth, bleeding on flossing or brushing, bad breath, and pocket depths measured by your hygienist or dentist of 2-3mm.
The second stage of periodontal disease is progression from gingivitis to a situation where the disease causes increased infection of the gum tissue and now into the small ligaments that go around each tooth, creating a small separation between the tooth and the bone.
The last stage of periodontal disease, is classified as advanced. At this point, what may have been a localized infection around a few teeth results in a worsening of everything mentioned above. The disease is now where it can spread to the other teeth and that may not have been previously affected/infected.
The above is not good news if the disease is not diagnosed or treated. What is good news is that periodontal disease is treatable with great success if identified and treated early. It is very important to see Dr. Harbin or Dr. Jones and even your dental hygienist at Hendersonville Family Dentistry and follow their recommendations!
Emergencies Can Happen Anytime
Hundreds and thousands of patients safely see their dentist every day. However, emergencies can happen anytime, anyplace and the dental office is no exception. As health professionals, dentist are trained in school to handle medical emergencies. Continuing education courses are available to help them review and remain current with responses to emergencies in office.
You Play an Important Role in Helping Your Dentist
Always tells your dentist about any health conditions you or your child may have including allergies, asthma, diabetes or other trouble maintaining blood sugar levels, blood pressure or heart problems, or any other medical condition even if it seems unimportant or unrelated to dental care. You should also tell your dentist if you are taking any vitamins or supplements.
Alternatives to Reconsider for a Missing Tooth
When you need to replace a missing tooth, there are two general alternatives to consider. You can choose a traditional bridgework, or select the newer option of dental implants. Both offer a solution that’s reliable, functional, and esthetically pleasing. However, there are a few important differences between the two systems.
Bridge Vs. Dental Implant
A fixed bridge is a dental restoration that’s held in place by attachment to the adjacent natural teeth, which are referred to as abutments. The tooth-replacement section—called pontic spans the gap. Pontics require attachment to the abutments by either a metal frame, or today, a space age porcelain, to the bridge the space from abutment to abutment. The catch is even a single-tooth replacement requires a three-unit bridge and healthy adjacent teeth must be prepared by removing the enamel which increases the risk for a root canal.
A dental implant can be a single tooth replacement system with no effect on healthy adjacent teeth. It involves placing titanium metal implant directly into the living bone of the jaw, in a minor surgical procedure. After a short time, the bone and the implant fuse, and a crown restoration is placed on top to complete the prosthetic tooth system. Dental implants don’t decay, and they’re less likely to lead to gum disease than a natural tooth bridge. They also last longer potentially offering far greater value. Want to know more? Call our office to set up a FREE consultation with Dr. Jones who would love to explain the entire process of dental implants.
How To Keep Your Teeth For A Lifetime
After learning adequate oral hygiene and how to protect your teeth from para functional habits, the most important thing to do to keep your teeth for a lifetime is to be aware of the importance of what you eat and drink and the medications you take. The most important factor in determining the longevity of your teeth is what you eat and drink. Teeth that are bathed in sugared water, as in soft drinks, can cause tooth loss due to tooth decay in a matter of a few months. Any acid, as in citrus fruits (for example oranges), or hydrochloric acid in the stomach acids can cause severe chemical erosion of your teeth.
Do You Have A Proper Diet?
As we age, our teeth tend to be more resistant to decay if we eat proper diet. Consuming fresh fruits and vegetables not only make your body healthier, but is a natural cleansing agent for the chewing surfaces of your teeth. There is a problem with decay as soon as we have to start taking too many medications that dry up saliva. We can’t stop taking medications, but I recommend that you talk to your dentist if you think your saliva is decreased. The saliva has antibodies that protect both the hard and soft tissues of your mouth. Salivary substitutes are available and it may be advisable to wear custom trays at night to protect your teeth and gums.
Dentures and Implant Supported Dentures
Dentures help patients replace missing teeth to help complete their smile, talk more confidently, and eat just about anything they want. If you need dentures but don’t want to have to worry about them shifting or falling out, you can get implant supported dentures. Here at Hendersonville Family Dentistry, we provide both dentures and implant supported dentures. Both options will help you replace your missing teeth with a bright smile. While some patients prefer the stability of implant supported dentures, others are happy choosing traditional dentures.
Implant Supported Dentures Are Similar To Traditional Dentures.
If you are missing teeth, but have sufficient jaw to support the post, you are a great candidate for implants. This helps the dentures snap onto the implants, so they don’t move of shift, and sit comfortably in your mouth. They are more commonly used in the lower jaw because this is where traditional dentures are less stable. You can get regular dentures on top and implant supported dentures on the bottom if you prefer.
Visit our practice today and speak to Dr. Jones to find out more about dentures and implant supported dentures.
Do You Inform Your Dentist Of Your Pacemaker ?
Implantable cardiac devices, such as pacemakers or implantable defibrillators, use electrical impulses to help the heart maintain its proper rhythm. Some of the ultrasonic tools your dentists, uses such as certain ultrasonic scalers or instrument cleaning systems,have the potential to interfere with these cardiac devices and could also result in irregular heartbeat. It is important to keep your dentist up to date about your general health, including medicines or treatments you are receiving. In this case, he or she may want to avoid using certain ultrasonic devices as part of your care.
When Filling Out Paperwork Ensure You Are Honest
When arriving for your dental visit and your dental assistant or hygienist ask if there are any changes to your medical history. Please make sure you are being honest with them, this is only in your best interest. They ask these things to ensure we can use the proper instruments on you, and to make sure you aren’t allergic to anything that may be used during your visit. So if anything has changed when coming into the office and you think it’s minor, please make sure you tell our staff anyways it may be a bigger deal then you think!