Posts for tag: Root Canal
During this year's baseball spring training, Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton got into a row with a steak dinner—and the beefsteak got the better of it. During his meal, the Gold Glove winner cracked a tooth.
Fortunately, he didn't lose it. Buxton's dentist rescued the tooth with a dental procedure that's been around for over a century—a root canal treatment. The dependable root canal is responsible for saving millions of teeth each year.
Dentists turn to root canal treatments for a number of reasons: a permanent tooth's roots are dissolving (a condition called resorption); chronic inflammation of the innermost tooth pulp due to repeated fillings; or a fractured or cracked tooth, like Buxton's, in which the pulp becomes exposed to bacteria.
One of the biggest reasons, though, is advanced tooth decay. Triggered by acid, a by-product of bacteria, a tooth's enamel softens and erodes, allowing decay into the underlying dentin. In its initial stages, we can often treat decay with a filling. But if the decay continues to advance, it can infect the pulp and root canals and eventually reach the bone.
Decay of this magnitude seriously jeopardizes a tooth's survival. But we can still stop it before that point with a root canal. The basic procedure is fairly straightforward. We begin first by drilling a small hole into the tooth to access the inner pulp and root canals. Using special instruments, we then remove all of the infected tissue within the tooth.
After disinfecting the now empty spaces and reshaping the root canals, we fill the tooth with a rubber-like substance called gutta percha. This, along with filling the access hole, seals the tooth's interior from future infection. In most cases, we'll return sometime later and bond a life-like crown to the tooth (as Buxton's dentist did for him) for added protection and support.
You would think such a procedure would get its own ticker tape parade. Unfortunately, there's a cultural apprehension that root canals are painful. But here's the truth—because your tooth and surrounding gums are numbed by local anesthesia, a root canal procedure doesn't hurt. Actually, if your tooth has been throbbing from tooth decay's attack on its nerves, a root canal treatment will alleviate that pain.
After some time on the disabled list, Buxton was back in the lineup in time to hit his longest homer to date at 456 feet on the Twins' Opening Day. You may not have that kind of moment after a root canal, but repairing a bothersome tooth with this important procedure will certainly get you back on your feet again.
If you would like more information about root canal therapy, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”
Remembered fondly by fans as the wacky but loveable Carlton on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro is currently in his fifth year hosting America's Funniest Videos. It's the perfect gig for the 48-year-old actor, who loves to laugh and make others laugh as well. This is quite the opposite experience from one he had a few years ago that he remembers all too well: a severely decayed tooth.
After seeing his dentist for an intense toothache, Ribeiro learned he had advanced tooth decay and would need root canal treatment. Ribeiro wasn't thrilled by the news. Like many of us, he thought the procedure would be unpleasant. But he found afterward that not only was the root canal painless, his toothache had vanished.
More importantly, the root canal treatment saved his tooth, as it has for millions of others over the last century. If you're facing a situation similar to Alfonso Ribeiro's, here's a quick look at the procedure that could rescue your endangered tooth.
Getting ready. In preparation for root canal therapy, the tooth and surrounding gums are numbed, often first with a swab of local anesthesia to deaden the surface area in preparation for the injection of the main anesthesia below the surface. A dental dam is then placed to isolate the infected tooth from its neighbors to prevent cross-contamination.
Accessing the interior. To get to the infection, a small access hole is drilled. The location depends on the tooth: in larger back teeth, a hole is drilled through the biting surface, and in front teeth, a hole is drilled on the backside. This access allows us to insert special tools to accomplish the next steps in the procedure.
Cleaning, shaping and filling. Small tools are used to remove the diseased tissue from the interior tooth pulp and root canals. Then the empty spaces are disinfected. This, in effect, stops the infection. Next, the root canals inside the tooth are shaped to allow them to better accept a special filling called gutta percha. The access hole is then sealed to further protect the tooth from future infection, and a temporary crown is placed.
A new crown to boot. Within a couple weeks, we'll cap the tooth with a long-lasting lifelike crown (or a filling on certain teeth). This adds further protection for the tooth against infection, helps strengthen the tooth's structure, and restores the tooth's appearance.
Without this procedure, the chances of a tooth surviving this level of advanced decay are very slim. But undergoing a root canal, as Alfonso Ribeiro did, can give your tooth a real fighting chance.
If you would like more information about root canal treatments, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: How Long Will It Last?”
Need oral surgery? Oral surgery is the branch of dentistry concerned with the surgical treatment of injuries, diseases, and deformities of the oral and maxillofacial region. A number of conditions may require oral surgery. Dr. Arkady Naiman at Advanced Dental Care in Plainville, MA, offers oral surgery services to their patients.
Types of Oral Surgery include:
1. Dental Implant Surgery
Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with small anchors and replaces missing teeth with false teeth that feel and function much like real ones. Implants can improve your smile, prevent jawbone loss, improve your ability to chew food, and prevent your existing teeth from shifting out of place. Dental implant surgery is usually an outpatient surgery, and you will be given anesthesia for the surgery.
2. Dental Extractions
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. There are a number of reasons why dental extractions may be needed. A dental extraction may be necessary if your tooth is so damaged that it cannot be repaired. In addition, if your wisdom teeth don't have room to grow, you'll likely need to have them extracted. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, swelling, and a gum infection.
3. Root Canal Therapy
In the past, diseased or injured teeth often had to be pulled. Today, they can be saved through root canal therapy. A root canal is a procedure that is used to fix teeth that are infected or badly decayed. Extraction is not a good alternative to root canal treatment. Saving your natural tooth is the best option. Root canal treatment has a high success rate. With proper care, root-canal-treated teeth can last a lifetime.
Oral surgery has the potential to improve the quality of your life. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care at Advanced Dental Care! If you need oral surgery, don't wait. Dr. Naiman can help you today. Call Advanced Dental Care in Plainville, MA, at 508-869-4070 to schedule an appointment!
How a root canal from your dentist in the North Attleborough area can save your smile
You’ve probably heard a lot about root canals and how they are a great way to save your smile. If you have dental pain that isn’t relieved by a filling, a root canal can eliminate the pain and still allow you to keep your tooth. Though you may be tempted to just remove the tooth, then you have to live with an incomplete smile and compromised chewing ability, or replace the tooth with a dental bridge or dental implant, which can get expensive. The healthier and safer option is to seek out a root canal provided by Dr. Arkady Naiman at Advanced Dental Care in Plainville, MA. He proudly serves residents of North Attleborough and Foxborough, and he can take good care of your smile too!
More about Root Canals
So, how do you know if you might need a root canal? Your dentist can find out by taking state-of-the-art x-rays of the roots of your teeth and performing temperature/vitality tests. That’s why you need to visit your dentist and when you first start noticing the signs of recurring tooth pain. Make an appointment to visit your dentist right away if you experience:
- Chronic pain even after dental treatment
- Chronic aching, throbbing, or a feeling of pressure inside the tooth
- Sharp, stabbing tooth pain when you chew or bite down
- Continuous throbbing tooth pain after you consume hot or cold foods and beverages
- A red or white bump on your gums next to the root of your tooth
- Blood or pus draining from the bump in your gums
- A tooth that is darker or grayer than the teeth next to it
If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, hesitating to acquire medical help can often cause your tooth pain to get worse. Instead, visit Dr. Naiman's North Attleborough office to have your tooth evaluated for a root canal, a treatment that only takes two to three appointments and heals your pain. For more detailed information about the root canal process, please visit the Root Canals section on our website at http://www.plainvillesmiles.com/root-canals.html.
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If you are suffering from chronic tooth pain, don’t worry—Dr. Naiman is here to help! Just pick up your phone and call (508) 869-4070 for Dr. Arkady Naiman at Advanced Dental Care in Plainville, Massachusetts. Schedule an appointment and get rid of your tooth pain!
A root canal is a restorative dental procedure for saving a damaged tooth. Some of the signs you may need a root canal include constant pain or pressure in the mouth and a severe toothache. A dentist can determine if a root canal is needed. At Advanced Dental Care, Dr. Arkady Naiman is your Foxborough dentist for performing root canals.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy refers to the procedure for performing a root canal and is a method for saving a damaged tooth so it does not need to be extracted. When a tooth is damaged, due to infection or injury, it can become too weak and sensitive to perform normal biting and chewing functions without experiencing pain or discomfort. Dr. Naiman can determine if a damaged tooth can be saved with root canal therapy. Some of the signs and symptoms you may need root canal therapy include:
- A severe or persistent toothache
- Constant mouth pain and pressure
- Sharp pain when biting into food
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and beverages
Inside the center of a tooth and its root is a soft material called pulp. When pulp becomes infected, the infection can spread down through the tooth root and cause an abscess to form below the tooth. Once an abscess forms, the infection can more easily spread to other areas of the mouth. During root canal therapy, infected pulp is removed, the area is cleaned, then the tooth is filled and sealed. The tooth is then protected with a dental crown.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
There are several benefits to undergoing root canal therapy. A primary benefit is that the natural tooth is saved and extraction is avoided. In addition to preserving the natural tooth, it is also restored and made stronger so normal biting and chewing functions can resume without pain or discomfort. Another benefit of root canal therapy is that it stops infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth. Finally, root canal therapy resolves tooth pain and sensitivity.
You may need a root canal if you are experiencing a toothache, mouth pain, sensitivity, or sharp pain when eating. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Naiman, call Advanced Dental Care in Plainville, MA and serving Plainville, Foxborough, and North Attleborough at (508) 869-4070.