Do I Need a Root Canal?

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Most people cringe when they hear the phrase root canal – it evokes all of the ubiquitous imagery of the horrors of the dentist, drills, and Novocain. The unfortunate truth is, if you need a root canal, you really need a root canal. But the good news is that they aren’t quite as horrifying as they make them out to be on television, and our root canal dentist in Agoura Hills has all of the tools and expertise necessary to make the process as efficient and painless as humanly possible.

 

So, what exactly is a root canal? Within the tooth is something called pulp, and the places where the pulp meets the roots of the tooth is called the root canal.  Sometimes, the root, the pulp, or the nerve of a tooth becomes so severely infected that it cannot be saved, causing a lot of pain. In cases where the inside of the tooth is decayed beyond redemption and the outer portion can still be saved, the tissue in peril is removed in a procedure of the same name, a root canal.

 

Root canals are perfectly safe, as the sensitive inner tissue of the teeth really doesn’t serve much of a purpose after childhood when all the adult teeth have grown in.  There are many issues which can result in a root canal being necessary. Most dentists will agree that the most common of which is probably ordinary decay. Infection and inflammation of the outer tooth can sometimes travel inward, bringing with it heightened sensitivity and severe pain. Damage resulting from physical trauma is also a frequent culprit; cracks and fractures provide outside bacteria and plaque to penetrate the enamel and affect the delicate tissue within. Disease, especially periodontal disease, also puts one at an increased risk.

 

How can a person know whether or not a root canal is necessary? Acute pain while eating, brushing, flossing, or otherwise putting pressure on the tooth or teeth in question is one easily-perceived early indicator of underlying damage; sensitivity to temperature is also something important to watch out for. Sometimes an infected root will present itself as a small lump pushing through the surface of your gums; bring up any newly-formed sores or lesions when you go in for your semi-yearly check-up. Discoloration may also be a warning sign, as are tenderness or swelling of the gums surrounding the affected tooth.

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When is a Smile Makeover a Good Choice?

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When most patients are first introduced to the concept of a smile makeover, it can seem like a very complexly orchestrated event. Some may question whether or not their cosmetic issues are severe enough to warrant all of the fuss and hassle, but for those interested in solving all of their dental concerns at once, it may be the best option.

A smile makeover is defined as being a multi-step set of procedures designed by your dentist to solve every imperfection you struggle with at once. Whether your concerns are functional or purely ornamental, there is a path forward for you – at your initial consultation you will be x-rayed, scanned, and thoroughly evaluated. After having a conversation about the state of your teeth as they exist currently, a course of action will be will be planned and treatment can begin. Any individual suffering with multiple dissatisfactions can qualify; it’s simply a matter of what needs to be done that differentiates individual cases.

A smile makeover can be used to resolve literally any issue concerning the appearance or health of the teeth. For patients whose teeth have garnered noticeable discoloration, a bleaching regimen can be recommended. Those who have been involved in an accident will be able to find restoration of any broken, chipped, cracked, or completely missing teeth in a smile makeover, whether only one tooth is affected or the entire set. Old, damaged, or failing dental fixtures of the past may be repaired or replace over the course of a smile makeover, including any fillings, crowns, veneers, or implants already existing in the mouth. Misshapen or otherwise eroded teeth can also be altered through these means.

There are certain factors that may deter a patient from seeking a smile makeover, the two most commonly cited ones being the money and time commitment; as there can be many discrete steps involved in the process overall, participating in a smile makeover will require many in-office appointments, both before treatment, during, and after, to make any adjustments necessary and keep tabs on any potential issues that may arise down the road.

If any doubt remains, just take a look at any of the smile makeover before and after pictures from our office – if you’re interested in becoming our next success story, give us a call and stop by for a consultation.

Benefits of Dentures in Replacing Teeth

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Many people with oral health issues resulting in multiple tooth loss can still have a healthy smile that feels much like their natural teeth. Dentures are a great option for many, but there are common misconceptions about getting them. There are misconceptions about the look and discomfort of having false teeth. However, these are misconceptions are based on dentures of the past.

Today’s full and partial dentures look and feel like your natural teeth. Very few people will notice the difference. Our dentists can ensure that you enjoy a comfortable fit and natural look. Dentures can be used to replace some or all of your teeth. Partials may be fixed or removable. Fixed dentures are also known as implants, and they are permanently fixed in place inside your mouth. The fixed option looks and functions much like normal teeth. Removable dentures typically are less expensive and require metal fasteners.

Full dentures are a full set of removable prosthetics that replaces all your missing teeth in the upper and lower jaw. If you are able to keep some natural teeth, our dentist in Huntington Beach may suggest overdentures that will fit over them. The goal is to keep as many of your natural teeth as possible. Our dentists will ensure that you will have the most natural looking smile possible.

There are several benefits to getting full dentures: improved ability to bite and chew, fewer restrictions on what you can eat, reduced speech problems caused by missing teeth, your face has a fuller appearance, protects your remaining teeth and they can be removed for proper cleaning and brushing. With proper care and fit, complete dentures can last for many years.

Normal wear and tear does happen, however, our dentists are here to repair any chips, cracks or loose teeth. Dentures must always fit well and feel comfortable. If you have dentures and they hurt or feel uncomfortable, contact our dentists. Of course, you need to do your part by keeping them in tip-top shape. Remove and rinse dentures after eating, handle them carefully and brush your dentures daily.

Talk to our dentists if you are missing more than one tooth. We can talk to you about your restoration option. There are so many options available today to restore your smile. You can have a natural looking smile that is all your own so you can smile with confidence. Schedule a consultation with us to get started.