That back tooth is acting up, isn't it? Sore to the touch, it requires treatment right away, but the prospect of getting root canal therapy worries you. Let your dentist at Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, reassure you. If you need a root canal, your pain and other symptoms will disappear, and you'll be able to keep your tooth. Read the details here about this frequently used and highly successful restorative treatment offered by Dr. Glenn Marsack.
What is root canal therapy?
Also called endodontic therapy, a root canal removes the soft pulp from deep inside the interior chambers, or root canals of an injured, infected or deeply decayed tooth. Many patients present the following symptoms to Dr. Marsack:
- Throbbing toothache
- An aching, swollen jaw
- A pimple on the gums and redness around the sick tooth
- Persistent halitosis, or bad breath
- Foul-tasting drainage
According to the American Association of Endodontists, dentists who specialize in performing a variety of root canal treatments, over 15 million of these tried and true restorative services happen annually in the US alone. They are highly successful, saving people the trouble and expense of tooth extraction and expensive replacement costs.
How does the procedure go in Waterford?
Confirming injury, deep fracture or abscess on x-ray and oral exam, Dr. Marsack numbs the area around the tooth and places a rubber dam in the mouth to keep bacteria from spreading. When the tooth is numb, the dentist creates a small hole in the tooth, accessing the first of up to four interior tooth canals. Then, he extracts the diseased pulp and other debris with a series of tiny metal files. These files also smooth the canal walls.
Next, Dr. Marsack cleans the canal, instills some antibiotic medication and seals the area with an elastic substance called gutta-percha. This natural putty has been the top choice for root canal therapy for years.
After canals are treated, the dentist covers the tooth with a temporary filling. The patient returns home for a week or so to heal. During this time, he or she may eat a soft diet for a day or two and take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen as needed.
When the patient returns to Crescent Lake Dental, Dr. Marsack removes the temporary restoration and bonds realistic porcelain crown onto the tooth. With a quick adjustment for bite and fit, the root canal treatment is complete.
With routine brushing and flossing at home and semi-annual check-ups and cleanings with the team at Crescent Lake Dental, a tooth repaired with endodontic therapy likely will last a lifetime. The crown should last ten years or even more.
Please don't wait
Your tooth can recover from its health problems with root canal therapy from Waterford, MI, dentist, Dr. Glen Marsack. Please contact our caring office staff today for an appointment. Call (248) 682-9331. Your oral health and comfort are the highest priority at Crescent Lake Dental.
Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.
In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.
Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.
What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.
A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”
Learning you’re pregnant can be a joyous moment. But it also means life is about to change as you focus on protecting you and your child from anything that endangers your health.
Because of these new concerns you might even hesitate about receiving dental care, especially involving anesthesia. But several medical organizations representing doctors, OB-GYN physicians and dentists wholeheartedly recommend continuing regular dental visits during pregnancy.
In fact, you should continue them because you’re pregnant: physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy could increase your risk of dental disease.
For, example, your consumption of carbohydrates (like sugar) could increase, which in turn increases your risk of tooth decay. You’ll also need to be more concerned about dental plaque, a thin bacterial film on your teeth that can cause disease. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may make you more sensitive to plaque, and thus more susceptible to disease — especially periodontal (gum) disease.
In fact, a specific form of gum disease called pregnancy gingivitis affects around 40% of expectant women at some point in their pregnancy. And if you already have gum disease, pregnancy could worsen it. Left untreated the disease could develop into more severe periodontitis, which may significantly damage your teeth’s support structures far below the gum line, leading to bone loss, which could result in the eventual loss of your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, regular cleanings and checkups and, if your dentist prescribes it, antibacterial mouth rinses can help you stay ahead of it.
But what about other procedures while you’re pregnant? It may be best to wait on elective treatments for cosmetic purposes until after the baby is born. But some situations like deep tooth decay that could require a root canal treatment may become too serious to postpone.
Fortunately, several studies have shown it’s safe for pregnant women to undergo many dental procedures including tooth fillings or extractions. And receiving local anesthesia doesn’t appear to pose a danger either.
The important thing is to remain diligent with your own personal hygiene — brushing and flossing — and making other healthy choices like eating a nutritious diet. And be sure to let your dentist know about your pregnancy to help guide your dental treatment over the next few months.
Preserve your beautiful smile with a little help from root canal therapy.
While the words “root canal treatment” might send shivers down your spine it’s really not as stressful as you might think. Despite the fact that movies and TV shows put a humorous spin on root canals they often portray them as scary and painful; however, our Waterford, MI, dentist Dr. Glen Marsack is here to dispel those myths and tell you why root canal therapy may just be the best choice for your smile.
Countless root canal procedures are performed each year, helping to preserve teeth that would otherwise need to be extracted in the near future. Underneath the enamel and dentin layer of the tooth sits a soft structure known as the dental pulp. The dental pulp contains a variety of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. While the pulp is crucial for the development of the tooth, once the tooth has reached maturity the pulp’s job is done. Of course, certain problems can arise that can lead to an infected or damaged dental pulp down the road.
When the pulp becomes inflamed or infected it needs to be removed. Of course, root canal therapy gets a bad reputation but we are here to tell you that it’s really no more invasive than getting a dental filling. In fact, most root canals can be performed in just one or two visits, depending on the severity of the damage and other health factors. Plus, our Waterford, MI, general dentist will numb the area completely before treating the tooth, so you won’t feel a thing.
When you get root canal therapy not only do you save the tooth but also there are so many other benefits to preserving your natural tooth that you won’t be able to achieve if you choose to replace the tooth with an artificial restoration instead. Only a natural tooth is going to be able to provide the proper and natural chewing and biting forces needed.
Also, since a dental crown is placed over the tooth after root canal treatment, this crown will not only improve its strength and durability but it will also protect it from additional wear and tear.
If you are dealing with a persistent toothache, this is a telltale sign that there is something wrong. Call Crescent Lake Dental in Waterford, MI, right away so that you can get the treatment you need to protect your oral health.
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
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