Oral Surgery

All About Root Canal Therapy

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If you have heard your dentist talk about root canal therapy, there is no need to panic. The root canal is the natural cavity of the inside of the tooth. Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy, is extremely beneficial when it comes to saving teeth and reducing any pain that you may be having. It is essentially a form of relief for a situation that can be extremely uncomfortable for your mouth. Your dentist is dedicated to ensuring that your teeth are as healthy as possible, and therefore, he or she will let you know if root canal therapy is necessary at any time. In this blog, we will take a look at the process of having root canal therapy, as well as explore all aspects of root canal therapy in detail, so that you can be fully prepared when it comes time to have the procedure done.

What Exactly is Root Canal Therapy?

For those who are not aware, root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment in which the infected pulp in a root canal of the tooth is replaced. The pulp is a soft tissue that is located inside the tooth, beneath the enamel and the dentin. In the canal of the tooth is the nerve, which can sometimes become infected for different reasons. Root Canal Therapy may take one or two appointments to complete, and the benefits of the procedure include:

  • A restored force of biting.
  • More efficient chewing.
  • Visual appeal.
  • Elimination of pain.
  • The surrounding teeth are protected from strain or excessive wear.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

If your dentist has told you that you need root canal therapy, you may be left wondering what the reason for the procedure is. There are a few different reasons as to why root canal therapy may be needed. These reasons include:

  • Decay has caused the tooth to become infected.
  • The decay has penetrated into the pulp of the tooth, causing pain.
  • The nerve of the tooth has become exposed due to trauma, such as breaking or chipping. Root canal pain results and the procedure is needed.

What Signs Indicate That I Need Root Canal Therapy?

There are signs to be aware of that may indicate that root canal therapy is needed. If you experience any of the following, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

  • The gums become tender, painful, or swollen.
  • You notice that a tooth has become dark in color as compared to the rest of the teeth.
  • You experience severe pain during eating.
  • Your teeth and gums are sensitive to extremely hot or cold temperatures that tend to linger.
  • There is a small bump on the gums which accompanies the extreme pain.

Cases such as these may indicate a problem that is severe enough to require a root canal. Your dentist can advise as to if this is the best course of treatment.

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What Does the Procedure Entail?

Those who are scheduled to receive the treatment are often wondering what exactly will happen during the appointment. With the available technology, root canal therapy is virtually painless, so there is no reason to be nervous or put off having the treatment done! The first thing that will happen is that you will receive an x-ray so that the dental professional can determine the severity of the infection that is causing pain. Next, a local anesthetic is given, and a rubber dam is placed around the tooth so that it stays dry. After drilling an access hole into the tooth, the dentist will then remove the decayed tissue, as well as the pulp tissue, using root canal files. The debris is cleaned using water or sodium hypochlorite. Tooth restoration, such as a crown or filling is then placed over the previously drilled hole, or a temporary filling may be used so that the infected material can drain thoroughly. The permanent filling is applied a week or so later. The procedure is then complete!

The Aftercare for Root Canal Therapy

Your dental professional will advise you of the appropriate aftercare that is required. Keep in mind that you may experience slight sensitivity for the first few days after the procedure, in which case the dentist will most likely recommend an over the counter pain reliever. Make sure that you wait until the numbness in your mouth is completely gone before you resume regular eating, and avoid eating hard foods that are difficult to chew. It is also important to limit sugary foods immediately following root canal therapy. After that, it is important to maintain a regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine each day to keep the teeth free from infection. Root canal therapy has a high success rate, though you must visit your dental professional as recommended to check the permanent fillings. In the days following the procedure, contact your dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme pain or sensitivity that is not responsive to medication.
  • The gums become inflamed or swollen.
  • The pain lasts longer than a few days.

What is the Cost of Root Canal Therapy?

One of the main concerns of a root canal for many people is the cost. While the cost can vary due to several factors, such as location, the severity of the infection, and which tooth is affected, patients can typically expect to pay approximately $760.00 for a front tooth to be treated, $880.00 for a premolar, and $1000.00 for a molar.

At Blue Ash Dental, we understand that everyone’s needs are unique. We will take all of the necessary steps to ensure complete comfort before, during, and after root canal therapy. We realize that some patients may have anxiety regarding the procedure, so we encourage you to share your concerns with us so that we can help you feel more at ease. We provide individualized, private, and comfortable treatment for every patient in order to maintain the excellent health of your teeth and gums. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

 

Create a Beautiful and Permanent Smile with Dental Implants

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The world of dentistry has grown to include some impressive and innovative treatments and solutions for a variety of oral health concerns. Dental implants, for example, provide you with permanent, beautiful teeth for many years to come. But what exactly is a dental implant? And how do you know if it’s right for you? We’re here with everything you need to know about dental implants, the procedure, recovery time, benefits, and how we can get you started on the road to a happier, healthier smile.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant, in its simplest form, is a replacement tooth root. Implants replace the natural root of a tooth with a strong foundation that a permanent or removable tooth is then affixed to. These artificial roots are implanted directly into the jaw, where they are able to house artificial or replacement teeth and bridges. Dental implants are a permanent solution for treating all types of tooth-loss, in a variety of people.

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Procedure and Recovery

As a well-established, safe treatment option for replacing lost teeth, dental implants are common practice for dental professionals. Your dentist will perform a series of tests and exams to ensure you are the right candidate for dental implants. After creating a personalized plan for treatment, your dentist will check the condition of the jaw to ensure implants can be safely placed within a strong foundation. When it comes time for the dental implant procedure, here’s what you can expect:

  • Your dentist will typically provide you with local anesthetics before beginning the procedure. Light sedatives or general anesthetics are typically only provided in cases that are much more complicated.
  • Quickly and simply, your dentist places the implant within the root area of the jaw, where the missing tooth resides. As a simple procedure, implants can be placed within 1 or 2 visits. They are typically made of titanium due to the metal’s resiliency and durability, and the implant acts almost a bolt that will be used to anchor your new teeth.

After your implants are placed, you may experience some general discomfort, but that typically disappears after a few days. Your dental team will provide you with specific instructions for caring for your mouth after the procedure. Once the implant is in, your jaw will need to grow and attach to the implant. This typically takes anywhere between 2-4 months, but every case is different. When your dentist finds that the implant is stable and strong in its place, artificial teeth can be placed within the implant.

Success Rates

When properly cared for, dental implants can last for many years. They require regular maintenance by your dentist and routine care in your everyday life but can last at least 5 years, with some lasting a lifetime. In fact, studies show that implants have a 98% success rate at 5 years for patients all over the country. When the rare case does occur and an implant fails to work properly, it is often due to a poor foundation in the jaw or poor oral hygiene following the implant procedure

Cost

The cost of dental implants can vary greatly, depending on a variety of factors. These factors can include whether or not it is a single tooth being replaced or several, severity or length of the procedure, materials used, the type of dental insurance you have, and more. Though the cost of implants truly varies case to case, the average cost around the country is around $3,000-$4,000, per implant. While most people opt for one or a few implants, some decide on the durability of a full-mouth replacement, which can cost anywhere between $30,000-$60,000.

Who Should Consider Dental Implants

Unlike some other dental procedures, almost anyone can get a dental implant that has lost a tooth. It is best for people who have lost one or more teeth, are over the age of 18, and have a jaw that is in healthy condition. An implant may not be placed in a person’s mouth if the jaw is not thick or strong enough to support the implant. But for those with healthy immune systems and strong jaws, implants can be used to replace one tooth or your whole mouth.

At the time of the implant procedure, it is essential that your oral health is in the best shape possible and there are no other active issues looming in your teeth and gums. People with certain conditions may be ineligible for the procedure due to the risk of complications with the implants, like those with heart disease, diabetes, and some other chronic conditions.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

There are a variety of options, treatments, and procedures to treat tooth-loss. But dental implants come with a variety of great advantages, including the following:

  • They are fused with the bone and therefore durable and permanent. They are also hard to damage or break after being placed.
  • There is less discomfort with implants than with dentures, bridges, or other options because the implant becomes a part of you.
  • They look and feel just like your natural teeth, so some may never know you’ve had dental work done.
  • The procedure is generally simple and easy, with little pain and recovery time.
  • Eating, chewing, and talking is possible without the pain or discomfort of dentures, bridges, crowns, etc.
  • They can benefit your overall oral health. Implants do not require the treatment of any surrounding tooth or gum area, so there is little risk to any other area of your oral wellness.
  • They are permanent but also convenient for those who must remove bridges or dentures from their mouths and require no extra maintenance, like glues or adhesives.

 

At Blue Ash Dental, we strive to provide each and every one of our patients with the best in permanent, oral health solutions. As experts in dental implants, we can help create a personalized and permanent solution for your tooth loss. For more on how dental implants could benefit you, contact our office to schedule your appointment today. If you’re inspired by smiles, you may want to check out these powerful smiles throughout history.