Posts for: May, 2017
A root canal treatment is a commonly known but often misunderstood procedure. Contrary to popular belief, these treatments aren't painful — in fact, they often stop a toothache. More importantly, a “root canal” can give a tooth on the verge of loss another lease on life.
Still, if you've never experienced a root canal treatment before, you probably have questions. Here are the answers to a few of the most common.
Why do they call it a “root canal”? This is the popular shorthand term for a procedure that removes diseased tissue from a decay-infected pulp, the innermost part of a tooth and the actual root canals themselves. Root canals are the narrow, hollow channels that run from the tip of the root to the pulp and are also involved in the procedure.
Why do I need one? Once infected, the pulp's bundles of blood vessels, nerves and other tissues become diseased. This often results in a painful toothache that can also suddenly disappear once the nerves within the pulp die. But there's still a problem: If we don't clean out the diseased and dead pulp tissue, the infection could spread through the root canals to the bone and endanger the tooth's survival.
What happens during the procedure? After deadening the tooth and surrounding gums with local anesthesia, we enter the pulp through an access hole we create. Using special instruments we remove the diseased tissue and shape the root canals to seal them with a filling material called gutta percha. Sealing the access hole is then necessary to prevent re-infection. Later we'll cap the tooth with a porcelain crown to restore its appearance and add further protection against fracture or cracking of the tooth.
Who can perform a root canal treatment? In many cases a general dentist can perform the procedure. There are some complex situations, however, that require a root canal specialist with additional training, expertise and equipment to handle these more difficult cases. If your tooth is just such a case it's more than likely your general dentist will refer you to an endodontist to make sure you get the right kind of care to save it.
If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”
Stained teeth? Make your smile shine with professional teeth whitening. Siwell Dental, which is located in Byram, MS, offers professional solutions for patients who are interested in whitening their smiles. Dr. Quintin Julius is one of the finest dentists. If you are considering professional teeth whitening, here's what you need to know.
Causes of Stained Teeth
Inadequate flossing and brushing to remove stain-producing substances can cause tooth discoloration. Pigments from dark-colored beverages such as coffee, tea, soda and red wine can also cause stains on your teeth. Certain medications such as antihistamines and drugs for high blood pressure can also cause tooth discoloration.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
For in-office teeth whitening, your dentist will combine a hydrogen peroxide gel with a light source to accelerate the whitening process. The hydrogen peroxide gel and light work together to break up the stains on your teeth. The whitening procedure only takes one office visit. One in-office whitening session can make your teeth 8 to 10 shades lighter.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Now you can whiten your smile while you run errands, sleep and cook dinner! A take-home whitening kit is effective, safe and can be completed anywhere at anytime. Take-home teeth whitening involves custom-fitted trays filled with a whitening solution that you can use at home. Take-home teeth whitening kits provide dramatic results in 1 to 2 weeks of use.
Teeth Bleaching Consultation
Before deciding whether a teeth whitening treatment is right for you, your dentist in Byram will examine your gums and teeth to ensure proper health. Teeth whitening is ideal for patients who have healthy teeth and gums and want a whiter smile. Individuals with periodontal disease or worn-down teeth are generally discouraged from undergoing a teeth whitening procedure.
Want a Hollywood Smile? Call Us Today!
Ready to make a change in your life? Don't wait another minute. Call Siwell Dental at (601) 371-8634 today to book an appointment for a teeth whitening session in Byram, MS. Professional teeth whitening won't just enhance your smile; it will also change your life for the better.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”