Posts for: August, 2017
Could your toothache be warning you that you might just need root canal therapy?
Has one of our Milford, MA, dentists Dr. Peyman Beigi or Dr. Nina Raeisian told you that you need root canal treatment? If so, don’t panic. While this procedure certainly has been given a bad reputation it’s truly nothing to worry about. We are here to help ease your concerns by sharing a little more about why root canal therapy is sometimes essential for preserving your smile’s health.
One of the telltale signs that you may need a root canal is tooth pain. Ignoring your tooth pain won’t help the situation; in fact, it will often make it worse. Dental problems rarely go away on their own and most problems, if left untreated, will only cause more serious and irreversible complications.
Without root canal treatment, people will oftentimes have to have the infected or damaged tooth removed. Instead of spending more time and money to replace the tooth, why wouldn’t you just undergo a simple procedure to save your tooth?
Here at Milford Dental Group, our restorative dentists in Milford, MA, believe that preserving your real smile is the most important thing you can do. Do you think so, too? After all, nothing can really take the place of a real tooth. If left untreated, a dental infection will continue to spread throughout the tooth and tooth roots until the tooth is no longer viable. In the meantime, you’ll be dealing with some rather unpleasant and unrelenting pain.
Getting a root canal in Milford, MA, could benefit you by:
- Removing the infected dental pulp and protecting the outer structure of the tooth
- Preventing decay from getting worse
- Preventing future damage to the tooth caused by teeth grinding or jaw clenching
- Improving the shape, size, strength and even color of your tooth (thanks to a custom-made dental crown)
Do you have questions about your upcoming root canal therapy in Milford, MA? Are you dealing with dental pain? If so, then it’s high time you turned to the experts at Milford Dental Group, who can provide you with the care and information you need. Call our office today!
You’ve recently learned one of your teeth needs a root canal treatment. It’s absolutely necessary: for example, if you have decay present, it will continue to go deeper within the tooth and it will spread to the roots and bone and could ultimately cause you to lose your tooth. Although you’re a little nervous, we can assure you that if we’ve recommended a root canal treatment, it’s the right step to take for your dental health.
There’s nothing mysterious — or ominous — about a root canal. To help ease any fears you may have, here’s a step-by-step description of the procedure.
Step 1: Preparing your mouth and tooth. We first take care of one of the biggest misconceptions about root canals: that they’re painful. We completely numb the tooth and surrounding tissues with local anesthesia to ensure you will be comfortable during the procedure. We isolate the affected tooth with a thin sheet of rubber or vinyl called a rubber dam to create a sterile environment while we work on the tooth. We then access the inside of the tooth — the pulp and root canals — by drilling a small hole through the biting surface if it’s a back tooth or through the rear surface if it’s in the front.
Step 2: Cleaning, shaping and filling the tooth. Once we’ve gained access we’ll clear out all of the dead or dying tissue from the pulp and root canals, and then cleanse the empty chamber and canals thoroughly with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions. Once we’ve cleaned everything out, we’ll shape the walls of the tiny root canals to better accommodate a filling material called gutta-percha, which we then use to fill the canals and pulp chamber.
Step 3: Sealing the tooth from re-infection. Once we complete the filling, we’ll seal the access hole and temporarily close the tooth with another filling. Later, we’ll install a permanent crown that will give the tooth extra protection against another infection, as well as restore the tooth’s appearance.
You may experience some mild discomfort for a few days after a root canal, which is usually manageable with aspirin or ibuprofen. In a week or so, you’ll hardly notice anything — and the tooth-threatening decay and any toothache it may have caused will be a distant memory.
If you would like more information on root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-by-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”
How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.
Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”
How does she get her two young sons to do it?
Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”
As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:
Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!
Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.
The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.
Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.