Root Canals are not painful.

Many ask are Root Canals painful. Short answer is NO….We make sure you do not feel any pain with all procedures we offer. Root Canals are no different. The reason Root Canals get a bad rep is because the tooth is extremely decayed and already very sensitive well before any treatment is offered.

 

So why do many people say root canals are painful? As we stated earlier the tooth already had a cavity which has been effecting the tooth for a long time. Once that cavity/bacteria reached the nerve of the tooth, many will experience pain. Mainly because the nerve is dyeing leading to an abscess. This abscess will effect how long our numbing medication lasts.

Since the abscess shortens how long our patients stay numb we monitor everyone receiving a root canal very closely. As soon as our patients feel any sharp pain we will stop and quickly re-administer anesthetic to regain the numbness.

After the root canal is finished we place our one of a kind Same Day Permanent Crown on the tooth to help seal and protect your tooth. At this point our patients are on the road to comfort and better health.

We always recommend saving teeth vs extractions. Root canals provide a great option to maintaining or improving your health.

Ask how our “Custom Smiles Plan” can save you lots of money on your Dental Treatment.

Illustration on how bacteria and cavities lead to a Root Canal

Illustration on how bacteria and cavities lead to a Root Canal

Illustration on a Root Canal we did on a Patient who needed treatment. The White portion is the Fill material where the infected nerve of the tooth was. Now our patient can go home in comfort.

Illustration on a Root Canal we did on a Patient who needed treatment. The White portion is the Fill material where the infected nerve of the tooth was. Now our patient can go home in comfort.

Gum & Periodontal Disease… Is it a Mouth or Whole Body Concern???

Periodontal disease is not just associated with our mouthes. It is also associated with several other diseases according to several research. However, for a long time it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other disease in the body; nevertheless  more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may be responsible for the association.

DIABETES AND PERIODONTAL DISEASE

diabetes

Diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease, which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications. Since people with diabetes are more likely contract infections, they are more likely to have periodontal disease than people without diabetes. In fact, periodontal disease is often considered a complication of diabetes. Those people who don’t have their diabetes under control are especially at risk, since periodontal disease makes it more difficult for people who have diabetes to control their blood sugar.

GUM DISEASE AND HEART DISEASE

heart

 Several studies have shown that periodontal disease is associated with heart disease. Much research has indicated that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease due to inflammation cause by the periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can also exacerbate existing heart conditions. Patients at risk for infective endocarditis may require antibiotics prior to dental procedures. Please consult your Cardiologist  to determine if your heart condition requires use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures.

RESPIRATORY DISEASE

lungs

 Other research has found that bacteria that grow in the oral cavity can be aspirated into the lungs to cause respiratory diseases such as pneumonia, especially in people with periodontal disease.

CANCER

cancer

 

In addition some studies show that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and 30% more likely to develop blood cancers.

DENTAL IMPLANTS – A necessity to improved oral health

Before we get into all the benefits of how dental implants can/will improve our oral health, we will need to fully understand what dental implants are.

What is a Dental Implant?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth. In other words we can place a crown if replacing a single tooth or we can use the implants to  increase stability and support for Dentures (complete or partials). Best part is that it is a painless procedure. Now that we understand what dental implants are, we can now look at the benefits.

Dental Implants

This picture shows a natural tooth next to a dental implant with a crown in top. The “Implant” portion is the post which is in the bone serving as the “root” of where the missing tooth is. The the top part is where the crown will fit over to enhance esthetics, function, and support of our mouth.

Benefits/Advantages Dental Implants provide

    1. Conservative Approach One of the main benefits of dental implants are that we can keep a one tooth problem only a single tooth issue. In the past a bridge was used to fix missing teeth. Now we can place an implant in the area where teeth are missing and pinpoint all treatment to that single area/areas. No need to prepare two healthy teeth to support a bridge. 
    2. Improved appearance.
Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent part of our mouth.
3. Improved self-esteem.
Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
4. Improved oral health.
Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
5. Durability.
Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
6. Improved speech.
With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
7. Improved comfort.
Because the implants become part of our mouth, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures. 
    8. Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

Dental Implants are an important aspect of dentistry and our health. Wether we are trying to replace where a tooth is already missing or focusing on an area where a tooth is failing. Dental Implants are the superior choice to improving our health, esthetics, function and comfort.

 

Whiter Brighter Healthier Teeth In one Visit!

Jump start your teeth whitening with our in-office teeth whitening procedure. Fast and effective, Venus White Max in-office whitening is your answer to an absolutely brilliant smile in a hurry. Not only do we get great results with whiter teeth, but you also get an added bonus of the antibacterial component. The end results are WHITER BRIGHTER HEALTHIER TEETH Please take a moment to see the results of one of our recent guest :-D

Benefits Of Teeth Whitening:
1. Increased Self Esteem - By feeling better we end up doing better. In result we do better in our career or school work. Also our relationships with friends, family, and/or significant other is improved.
2. Healthier Teeth Healthier Life - Whitening will decrease harmful bacteria which harm our teeth. Also by having a brighter smile, we are more likely to improve our oral hygiene. Increased oral hygiene will in result help improve our overall health.
3. Improved First Impressions – Our smile is the most recognizable facial expression and can be distinguished from several feet away. When we have a beautiful whiter smile, we are seen as attractive and friendly. Both of which are desired perceptions for almost anyone.
4. Looking Younger - Dull, yellowed, darker, and stained teeth can make us look older than we are. Over time our teeth become discolored from everyday wear and tear caused by certain foods that we eat, drinking coffee, smoking, and how well we keep up with brushing and flossing. Teeth whitening is an easy way take several years off our appearance and smile.
5. Job Placement/Hire - Preparing for an interview demands attention. However, our smile can help us easily gain an advantage over the competition in two ways. Whiter teeth are often associated with positive personality traits such as intelligence, responsibility, and reliability. In addition, having brighter whiter teeth will improve confidence. When we have confidence in an interview, we are more likely to make a good first impression as an outgoing and competent jobseeker.

Allure Dental In-Office Whitening

Brighter Whiter Healthier Teeth

Be wise and do not let Wisdom Teeth Bother You!

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause several issues as we have discussed in our prior posts. Its generally a great idea to get them out before any issues arise. In this case, our patient was having early signs of issues. Instead of waiting for it to get worse, our guest made a very Wise Decision to have all four taken out. All four were severely impacted (see the arrows pointing to all 4 which were filly in bone), but with an effective treatment approach we were able to get all four out with no issues :-D

3rd Molars

Sometimes its wise to extract wisdom teeth

Recently we had a very kind guest come in because of the pain she was experiencing  from severely impacted wisdom teeth. On the same morning our patient came in to our office, we were able to do the consult and remove of all our guest’s wisdom teeth. If you or anyone you know is in need of wisdom teeth extractions please feel free to refer them to our office. We don’t mind taking on complicated cases such as these (note the lower impaction is completely in the bone & rotated sideways)

Remember some key reasons to get wisdom teeth extracted:
1. Impaction which can either damage the teeth next to the wisdom teeth or sever discomfort.
2. Wisdom teeth may potentially become problematic if not extracted due to the high risk of infection when food particles get trapped due to lack of access to brush and floss. If an infection occurs it could lead to other medical conditions.

So please let us help get you back into comfort and call today 615-530-0610 to make an appointment Wisdom teeth extracted 2-15-13 Allure Dental :-)

The Importance of Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

There are several factors on why we should all consider extracting our wisdom teeth. One of the main reasons would be due to impaction.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

This is an X-ray of one our patients who we removed the lower wisdom teeth due to the intense pain they were causing due to the degree of impaction

Impaction occurs because there is not enough room for the wisdom teeth to errupt. If they are impacted into the teeth next to them it will cause serious harm those teeth. This will compound the issues and create a less comfortable situation as well as a more financial burden. However there are several forms of impaction and all can lead to decreased oral health and problems such as:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Damage to an adjacent tooth
  • Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth
  • Damage to surrounding bone
  • Complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth


So please visit a dentist and get your teeth checked out to see if there are any current or potential issues with your wisdom teeth.

A Great Guest With a New Great Smile!

We just wanted to share this case. Our guest came to us to create a more esthetic smile. We replace two of the gold crowns and placed one crown on a tooth with large cavities and a white filling on a tooth with a smaller cavity. Now our Guest top teeth look straighter and natural. Of course this was done in one visit thanks to our Same Day Crown Technology. We just wanted to say Thank You! to our guest for allowing us to help take care their dental needs :)