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We encourage our patients to ask questions about their dental care. To help you find out more about our services, we've compiled a list of common questions we get about some of our most popular procedures. If you don't see your question answered here, please feel free to contact our office.
Root canals are a therapy that can help to save a tooth that is infected, badly damaged, or decayed.
A root canal may be indicated if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Ongoing, painful sensitivity to heat or cold
- Pain accompanying biting or chewing
- A constant dull ache in your tooth
- Sudden unexplained pain in your tooth
- A persistent pimple on your gum
- A loose tooth
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact our office for an appointment. We will perform a complete examination to find out what is going on.
Decay May Make Extraction Necessary
While tooth extraction is typically not our first choice of treatment, sometimes it does become necessary. If your tooth is so decayed that the damage has spread deep into your tooth or is affecting your jaw bone, gums, or other teeth, the tooth may need to be removed.
Creating Space for Your Teeth
Another common reason for extractions is that sometimes a patient's mouth is simply too small for all their teeth. When this happens, teeth may shift into unusual positions to try and fit. This can cause crooked or twisted teeth and can lead to additional future dental problems. To fix the problem, we may need to remove some of the teeth before beginning orthodontic treatment.
Many people have their wisdom teeth removed because they have become impacted. When this happens, the tooth does not fully erupt, and it is easy for the gums to become infected. The infection can quickly spread to other teeth and become a serious problem. Additionally, impacted teeth can damage the roots of neighboring teeth because of the constant pressure.
While we can perform many extractions in our office, if necessary, we may refer you to an excellent and trusted oral surgeon.
Each Tooth Extraction Case is Unique
The total recovery time for a tooth extraction will depend on the tooth that was extracted, how complicated the extraction was, and your overall health. Rest is very important for the healing process. The exertion that comes from regular activity can disturb the clot that is forming and slow your healing time.
We will give you special aftercare instructions. Following these instructions will give you the best possible recovery outcomes. You may also be prescribed medication for pain, swelling, or infection, and it's important that you take these medications as directed. You will also need to rinse with saline water during the first 24 hours.
The Healing Process Can Vary
While your swelling should go down in about 48 hours, it may take weeks for the healing process to complete. Keep in mind that it's not just the wound that needs to heal; your gums and the bone will be healing as well.
If you have questions about your healing following an extraction, please give our office a call.
Depending on the location of your tooth, the extent of the decay, and the condition of the surrounding teeth, you will have different options. If the tooth is currently infected, a root canal will stop the infection, protect neighboring teeth, and may save your tooth.
Otherwise, we can put a crown on the tooth. This will save the tooth, improve its appearance, and prevent future damage.
Tooth Extraction and Implant
If the tooth is beyond repair, we can perform a simple extraction and replace the tooth with an implant.
Recovering After a Root Canal
Following root canal therapy, your tooth is likely to be sensitive and uncomfortable once the anesthetic wears off. Try to avoid using that tooth for chewing since the pressure is likely to be painful. You may be prescribed medications for pain and swelling or to treat the infection. Take these medications exactly as prescribed.
Follow-Up After a Root Canal
If pain persists despite the medication, contact our office for further instructions. Follow up as directed so that we can check how your tooth and gums are healing and that the infection is gone. You will also need to be fitted for the crown that will cover and protect the tooth.
Cosmetic Dentistry and Restorations
Regular Cleanings Are Vital
Regular professional dental cleanings are an important part of your dental care and a crucial part of periodontal disease prevention. The American Dental Association recommends professional cleanings every six months, and we recommend this as well. Without regular cleanings, tartar can build up under the gumline and set you up for serious gum disease and the other conditions that come with it.
We Can Help with Anxiety
If you have anxiety around dental cleanings,. Dental care is important for everyone, and we will help you get comfortable and settled so that you can have dental care free of worry.
Dentures and Partials
Most dentures or partials should be replaced approximately every five to ten years.
Dentures Can Become Damaged
Not only can the appliance become damaged and lose its shape over time, but your bite also changes as you get older. Wearing dentures that no longer fit properly can cause discomfort and even sores in your mouth.
Like Natural Teeth, Dentures Need Regular Care
Dentures and partials require regular daily care -- just like natural teeth. You should clean your dentures daily with a soft brush and a denture cleansing product. Do not use toothpaste because most toothpaste is abrasive and will scratch your dentures. You will need to clean your entire appliance inside and out.
When your dentures are removed at night, they should be soaked in water or denture cleansing solution. If you allow your dentures or partials to dry out, they can warp or lose their shape.
Dentures Require Delicate Care
Dropping your dentures can cause serious damage to them. While you are cleaning your dentures, you may wish to pad the counter with towels just in case.
Implant Restorations for Tooth Replacement
We refer our dental implant patients to an excellent surgeon. The surgeon will place the posts that are fused to your bone and hold the implant. Once the posts are placed and healed, you will return to Fleischmann Family Dentistry where we will attach the rest of the restoration.
Properly positioned teeth are easier to brush and floss than teeth that are crowded, crooked or spaced too far apart. Properly aligned teeth can help gums fit more tightly around them which may lead to better periodontal health.
With maintenance of good oral hygiene, the chances of having plaque retention, tooth decay or periodontal disease can be reduced.
DECREASED RISK OF ABNORMAL WEAR
Properly aligned teeth may also reduce the risk of expensive procedures required to repair the effects of abnormal force, such as tooth chipping, breaking or wear, and can also be less stressful on the supporting jaw bone and joints.
Night Guards and Splints for Bruxism and TMJ/TMD
Night Guards for Jaw Pain
When you suffer from bruxism (clenching of the jaw or grinding of your teeth) or temporomandibular jaw disorders, holding your teeth together at night can worsen your condition and lead to headaches, jaw pain, and even fractured teeth. A night guard helps to keep your teeth slightly separated so that your jaw has the chance to relax when you do.
Day Splint for Pain
For some people with TMJ/TMD, a night guard may not be enough. A splint that is also worn during the day may be necessary to treat the condition.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, known as TMJ or TMD, is a painful condition of the joint where your lower jaw hinges to your skull.
Some of the symptoms typically associated with TMJ/TMD include:
- Ongoing headaches
- Clicking or popping in the joint
- Pain in your jaw, ears, face, neck, or shoulders
- Sticking or locking jaws
- Facial fatigue
- Swelling on the side of the face
If you've been experiencing these symptoms, contact our office soon. A night guard or a splint may help you get the relief you need.
Periodontal Care and Treatment
Periodontal disease can affect anyone.
Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
- Persistent bad breath
- Swollen or red gums
- Gums that bleed or are tender
- Loose teeth
- Receding gums
- Pain while chewing
At Fleischmann Family Dentistry, one of our primary missions is to prevent periodontal disease or slow down existing periodontal disease. Periodontal disease leads to tooth loss and is linked to a number of serious health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Our dental hygienists are well-educated in periodontal disease prevention and are happy to help you improve your brushing and flossing technique.
Call our office today to schedule a cleaning and examination.
Tooth Colored Fillings (Composite)
The American Dental Association Has Performed Numerous Studies
Because mercury is one of the ingredients in amalgam (silver) fillings, many dental patients are concerned about the safety of their silver fillings. The American Dental Association has performed numerous studies on the safety of silver fillings and has not found any link between these fillings and medical disorders. Additionally, the ADA has stated that because of the way the mercury is bound to the other ingredients in the amalgam, it becomes inactivated and unable to cause harm.
The Advantages of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings do have other advantages over amalgam fillings. Because the composite is the same color as your teeth, the fillings blend right in and are practically invisible. Composites can also protect the structure of your teeth from the inside. Metal fillings can expand and contract with heat and cold, and over time, these minute shifts can loosen the filling. This does not happen with composite fillings.
If you are in need of a filling, or would like to learn more about fillings, please contact our office to book your appointment today!
Composite tooth-colored fillings are made up of a combination of plastic and glass.
Composite Fillings in Dentistry
In addition to their use in filling cavities, composite filling is also sometimes used in cosmetic dentistry for reshaping and coloring purposes.