What is a root canal?
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.
How is a root canal performed?
If you experience any of these symptoms, we will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
What happens after treatment?
When your root canal therapy has been completed, a restoration is necessary to protect your tooth. In most cases the restoration required is a build-up filling and a crown. It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment. If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond. To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.
Dental health is not only important for your mouth but for your entire body. Taking care of your smile with regular cleanings and having necessary dental work done is important to your oral health and self confidence. However, recent studies have linked heart disease with the simple act of brushing your teeth. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, those who have periodontal disease are nearly twice as likely to also have coronary artery disease. Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies. The findings show that oral bacteria is likely to harm blood vessels and cause blood clots due to the release of toxins into the blood stream. While there is no scientific data to make these findings fact, there have been consistent results showing there is an association between gum disease and heart disease.
New research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. For example, when your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor oral health, you may have other health problems.
Research also shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring.
Our Dental Team will work with you to ensure you maintain a healthy smile and heart. We closely monitor and evaluate you at every visit. We will explain the tools and techniques needed to achieve and maintain optimum Oral Health. By following our recommended maintenance schedule you are insuring we remove all the plaque and bacteria that would otherwise remain below the gingiva and affect your health.
If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, your poor oral hygiene can actually lead to other health problems, including:
- Oral and facial pain. According to the Office of the Surgeon General, this pain may be largely due to infection of the gums that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, and advanced gum disease affect more than 75 percent of the U.S. population.
- Problems with the heart and other major organs. Mouth infections can affect major organs. For example, the heart and heart valves can become inflamed by bacterial endocarditis, a condition that affects people with heart disease or anyone with damaged heart tissue.
- Digestion problems. Digestion begins with physical and chemical processes in the mouth, and problems here can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders.
Seeing a dentist regularly helps to keep your mouth in top shape and allows your dentist to watch for developments that may point to other health issues. A dental exam can also detect poor nutrition and hygiene, growth and development problems and improper jaw alignment. Provide your dentist with a complete medical history and inform him or her of any recent health developments, even if they seem unrelated to your oral health.
At home, you can practice good oral hygiene:
- Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste.
- Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
- Eat a healthy diet to provide the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to prevent gum disease.
- Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
- Exercise preventive care and schedule regular dental checkups — the surest way to detect early signs of periodontal disease.
As Our 4th Annual Candy Buy Back came to an end we were extremely happy with the outcome.
We spread the word via Facebook, Google+, Our website, Hawthorne Day, Flyers throughout town and of course Our wonderful patients and community.
We thank you all for your support and the Troops will be thrilled as well!!!
Together we collected and shipped 243.8 lbs. to Operation Gratitude.