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Periodontal Disease Is Easy to Prevent

Your gums lay low, pretending to be pink and weak. Reality is your gums are tough customers. They are the only line of defense protecting the roots of your teeth. If you take good care of your gums, they in turn will take good care of your teeth, and you’ll be happier for that.

What you don’t want is periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is the medical term for gum disease. It involves infection of the gums that can end up leading to tooth loss, or at best endodontic procedures to save your tooth or teeth.

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But gum disease isn’t a natural end result; it’s easy to prevent. Periodontal disease begins with dental plaque, which is the sticky film that forms on your teeth throughout the day. Plaque has lots of bacteria in it. Dental plaque is easy to remove simply by daily brushing and flossing. In fact, a good home dental hygiene program of brushing twice daily for two minutes and flossing once a day is usually enough for most people to never have to deal with gum disease.

Ah, but if you get lazy at home, skipping brushing here and there and never flossing, problems take hold. Lax home hygiene, along with other factors such a smoking, can allow plaque to have its way with your mouth. When plaque isn’t removed it hardens into calculus, also known as tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist.

First comes gingivitis

The first signs of problems are gum irritation, formally called gingivitis. The bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums. They become red and bleed easily. Plus, the tartar that has formed gradually makes its way below the gumline, leading to more irritation.

At this point, you can reverse the trend with a professional cleaning and more diligent home care. But if you don’t opt for this route, the gum irritation worsens and the gums begin to pull away from the teeth causing pockets for form. These pockets hold all the bacteria from the plaque and that bacteria begin to attack the roots of the teeth. You can see where this is leading — tooth loss and jawbone deterioration.

Now, a trip to Dr. Morrison will be necessary just to keep your teeth. He’ll perform a root canal or other related procedures just to save your natural tooth or teeth. And to think, it call could have been headed off with just a few minutes of home hygiene every day!

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Root Canal Treatment in Houston

Has your dentist or endodontist recommended that you receive a root canal treatment for a damaged or infected tooth? Often the term “root canal” is a known but scary term for dental patients. However, if you find yourself in need of a root canal, rest assured that you are not alone. Millions of Americans require a root canal or other endodontic treatment every year.

What Causes the Need For a Root Canal?

Our teeth are covered in a hard layer of protective enamel. The purpose of this enamel is to prevent the exposure of the many sensitive structures that lie within our teeth. Inside our teeth, in the pulp, there are many blood vessels and nerves to be found.

If the pulp inside of your tooth becomes infected or inflamed after a dental injury or advancement of tooth decay, the most appropriate treatment of your tooth is a root canal procedure.

What Are the Symptoms of an Inflamed or Infected Tooth?

While you may not experience any symptoms to indicate an infection, many of our patients report intense pain, sensitivity to hot or cold foods, swollen and painful gums and even drainage of infected fluid around the tooth.

What is Involved in a Root Canal Procedure?

During a root canal procedure, your mouth will be numbed so that your dentist or endodontist can remove the infected pulp from inside of your tooth roots. The dentist will drill into your affected tooth or may even have to cut into your gum tissue in order to properly clean your root canals and eliminate the infection. After the inside of your tooth is completely disinfected, it will be filled with a rubber-like material and covered with a crown or other restoration.

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Is a Root Canal Painful?

Your dentist will use the same anesthetic that he or she uses for dental fillings during your root canal procedure. Therefore, your mouth will be fully numb and you should be comfortable during the procedure. Depending on the level of infection to be treated, your mouth may be swollen and you may have discomfort for a couple of days after treatment. If this is the case, your dentist can provide pain medication.

How Many Office Visits Does a Root Canal Require?

Typically, a root canal can be performed in just one office visit within an hour or two. However, delays may arise if your dentist recommends that your tooth be restored with a crown following the procedure. If this is the case then you may be fitted for a temporary crown during your first visit and asked to return when your permanent crown is ready for placement.

How Long Will My Root Canal Treatment Be Effective?

A root canal restores much of the function and appearance of your natural tooth structure. This means that with proper at-home care and regular dental check-ups, just as you would do for your other teeth, treatment of your affected tooth will last years maybe even your lifetime.

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal or have been told you need the procedure and are looking for a qualified endodontist contact Moberi Dental Specialists for a consultation today.