Archive for August, 2015

Root Canals

Root canal treatment is necessary when the soft tissue inside your teeth becomes inflamed or diseased. This soft tissue, also known as the pulp, contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. During a root canal treatment your dentist removes the diseased pulp. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your entire tooth may have to be removed. Causes of an infected pulp could include: a deep cavity… repeated dental procedures…a cracked tooth…or injury to the tooth. After the root canal treatment, your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease, so regular check-ups are still necessary. Most of the time a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.
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Denture Implants

Sometimes our teeth and their roots become irreparably damaged and have to be removed. Because teeth are such an important part of the body, their loss can have an emotional impact on some people. Replacement teeth that are natural looking need to be considered by the patient to help alleviate any fears, anxiety, or other emotions. A complete or partial denture is used most often when a replacement is needed. A denture closely resembles natural gum tissue and teeth and is removable. Patients of any age can lose some of their teeth and may require a denture of some sort.
Dental implants are a possible alternative to dentures. Implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or a bridge in place.
Advancements in dentistry have included narrower “mini” implants. Talk with your dentist to see whether dentures or mini- implants are right for you.

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Overcoming Dental Anxiety

Many people suffer from anxiety when it comes to visiting the Dentist. People can fear an array of different aspects of a dental visit. It could be anything from the dental chair, the noise of dental instruments, or even a fear of the dentist causing pain. It’s best to keep in mind that the dentist is here to help you. You should not be afraid to ask any questions or be embarrassed by the state of your mouth. If you have any fears when visiting the dentist, talk to them. Let them know how you feel about sitting in the chair under the lights, or maybe it makes you nervous to sit in a waiting room, let them know so they can accommodate you as best they can. Some people want the dentist to explain to them what they are doing, and some get nervous by hearing what is going on, so let your dentist know your preference. Figure out a signal to give your dentist if you need a break or are in pain, perhaps simply raising a hand would work. Always remember that your dentist is there to help you and take care of your smile.

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Vitamin C

Gum disease prevention is closely linked to Vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for the development of collagen, the ground substance between ourselves that gives tissues their integrity. Our gums are exposed to an array of nasty bacteria. Infection and disease in the gums is much more likely if your Vitamin C intake is not optimal. It is very important to take care of your gums by brushing and flossing on a regular basis and using mouthwashes. A great way to take care of your gums is by increasing your Vitamin C intake. If you experience bleeding gums regularly, consult your dentist. If you feel like your teeth maybe are getting longer, that’s a sign that your gums are receding. Vitamin C can greatly increase the health of your gums. Consult your dentist if you’re concerned about the health of your gums or for more information on preventing gum disease.
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