Three Things to Know About Root Canal Treatment

shutterstock_226929574If your dental professional has recommended the treatment of an infected tooth with root canal therapy, you may be harboring some fears about the procedure. Many myths exist regarding root canal therapy, most all of which are unfounded. To help address your concerns, consider the following:

  • Root canal treatment is generally considered no more painful than a standard cavity filling. While you may have heard horror stories about root canal pain, in truth it is extremely rare. Advances in sedation technology make any pain associated with a root canal procedure virtually nonexistent.
  • Root canal therapy can take one to two dental visits and usually lasts one to two hours. Initially your dentist will take x-rays of your infected tooth, make a diagnosis and often refer you to an endodontist. At the endodontist, the actual root canal procedure usually takes one to two hours to complete.
  • The standard effects you feel with other dental procedures are essentially the same as with root canal treatment. Expect to hear drill sounds and feel vibration to the inner bone for extended periods of time. You will also feel vigorous movement of files, and possibly smell chemicals.

While root canal therapy is obviously a much more involved procedure than filling a cavity, the experience should not be any more traumatic or stressful. Discuss with your dentist or endodontist any specific concerns regarding your root canal procedure, and be sure you have all your questions answered satisfactorily before proceeding with treatment. In cooperation with your dental professional, you should be able to confidently undergo root canal therapy and restore your healthy smile.

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Tips to Extend the Life of Your Crowns and Bridges

shutterstock_114662359Dental crowns and bridges are made to last. With proper care, you can enjoy the restorative benefits of your crowns and bridges for a lifetime. However, if not treated properly, they can become loose or fall out completely. The following tips can help you care for your restorative dental work and prevent complications that can cause them to fail:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal to prevent the plaque and calcium buildup that breeds bacteria.
  • Floss around your teeth, crowns and bridges daily. Although cleaning around dental bridges can be difficult, it’s important to clean between the teeth that anchor the bridge. To make this task easier, look for specialized floss tools or an oral water irrigator. Water-based flossing aides can easily clean under and around the bridge work, as well as between teeth and gums.
  • Sonic toothbrushes are another good idea to help easily remove and break down plague between teeth, and under and around the gum line.
  • Utilize antibacterial mouthwash to further attack damaging bacteria.
  • Refrain from eating sticky or hard foods. Chewing gum, ice, and hard candies can do irreversible damage to your bridgework.
  • Maintain a regular schedule of dental checkups and professional cleanings.
  • Follow a balanced, nutritious diet to help your teeth and gums stay healthy and able to support your crowns and bridges.

By following these simple and effective guidelines, you should be able to enjoy many years of improved aesthetics and function from your crowns and bridges. Consult with Beaverton, OR dentist Dr. Enayati for any additional care instructions, and enjoy your healthy smile for a lifetime.

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Dental Implant Care Guidelines

implant-dentistry-1Once you have had dental implants surgically placed, you will want to follow some important care tips to ensure their long-term success. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime, so it’s exceptionally important to adhere to the instructions provided by your dentist and guidelines like these:

Follow a vigilant routine of brushing and flossing thoroughly at least twice per day to eliminate the plaque that can cause periodontal disease, which is a leading cause of implant failure.

Consult with your dentist about the type and use of special toothbrushes or oral irrigation devices that can help with the additional removal of food debris or plaque that builds up around the implant areas.

Visit your dentist approximately every three months for the first year after implant surgery, and then every six months for the duration of your implants.

If you are also wearing an implant supported denture, seek additional guidance from your dentist about the placement and removal of your denture to prevent damage to the implant.

Refrain from applying excessive pressure or chewing on hard foods that could cause damage to the implant area. Patients who suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) should consider being fitted for a night guard to protect the implants.

While the success rate of dental implants is high, implant failure can happen and normally results from infection, fracture, or damage to the nerves, teeth or blood vessels surrounding the implant. A successful implant patient who takes vigilant care of their teeth, gums, and implants can expect a full recovery and complication-free lifetime of beautiful, healthy smiles.

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Why You Need a Smile Makeover

2015-1Have you ever felt the need to hide your smile when meeting new people or taking pictures? Do you often cover your mouth when talking or laughing? Your smile is the first impression you make on the world, and if you are embarrassed to share it you may be missing out on many opportunities afforded to people with bright, confident smiles.

A smile makeover could be the solution you are seeking to improve your smile and build your confidence. In as little as one dental visit, cosmetic dental treatments can improve both the quality and appearance of your smile. If you suffer from any of the following, a smile makeover may be the answer for you:

  • You have teeth that appear yellow, stained or discolored.
  • Your teeth are crooked or misaligned.
  • You have large gaps between your teeth, or have teeth that are completely missing.
  • Your teeth are marred by cracks, chips, or other damage caused by decay.
  • You suffer from a “gummy smile” as a result of teeth that appear too short, revealing excessive gum line.
  • Your teeth have become dingy or worn down with age and wear.

All of the problems listed can be corrected with a smile makeover. Teeth whitening, bonding, dental veneers, dental implants, or orthodontia can be used to address your specific dental needs. Based on the recommendations of your dentist, you may opt for just one or two treatments, or a total mouth restoration.

If you dream of a day when you no longer cringe when asked to “say cheese” for the camera, it’s time to contact a cosmetic dentist to learn more about the benefits of a smile makeover. Bethany Dental can perform a total mouth evaluation and recommend a combination of treatments to achieve the results you desire. Once completed, your smile makeover will give you a beautiful smile you will be proud to share with the world.

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