Friday, February 24, 2012

Ask the Dentist in Colorado Springs: Your FAQ About Root Canal Therapy, PART 3

Dr. Morgan and Dr. Rogers
 
This three-part article series takes an in-depth look at root canal therapy; what it involves, what patients can expect and how it can help save an infected tooth from requiring extraction.

In our previous article post, courtesy of this Dentist in Colorado Springs, we began answering some of the questions frequently asked about root canal therapy. “What does the procedure involve?” and “How does one know if they require root canal therapy?” were common concerns addressed in Part 2. In this article, the final installment of a three-part series, the dentist in Colorado Springs shall address three last FAQs, beginning with a look at how this procedure can save patients from requiring dental implants.

FAQ 6: If a tooth is damaged or decayed, why not just have dental implants placed?

Dentist in Colorado SpringsAnswer: In spite of the incredibly advanced dental implants products and placement protocol available today, no degree of sophistication in modern technology can rival your body’s own equipment. While dental implants offer a comprehensive and unrivalled replacement solution for single and multiple missing teeth, they simply aren’t as good as your own natural teeth, says the dentist in Colorado Springs. For this reason, it is always a dentist’s priority to try and preserve a patient’s original teeth over and above replacing them with dental implants. When root canal therapy is done properly, the affected tooth does not die; it receives all the support it needs from the surrounding tissue in the mouth and can last just as long as any other tooth, explains the dentist in Colorado Springs.

FAQ 7: Is there a chance that root canal therapy will fail?

Answer: As with any medical procedure, there is always a risk of failure and in this case, failure would be defined as infection setting in post-operatively. Having said this, if performed by a skilled, qualified and experienced dentist in Colorado Springs, a root canal has a minimal chance of failure. Patients should take good care to follow the post-procedural instructions provided to them as this will allow the restored tooth the chance to heal properly.

FAQ 8: What post-operative care is required once I’ve had root canal therapy?

Answer: In the first few days following aDental implants root canal procedure, patients can expect the restored tooth to be a little sensitive, especially if there was pain and infection present prior to the treatment. Any pain and discomfort, however, can quite easily be managed with analgesics, which will be prescribed to the patient, says the dentist in Colorado Springs. Until your tooth crown has been fully restored, there is an increased risk of fracture and subsequent failure. As such, the entire root canal procedure, from the elimination of infection to the full tooth restoration, should be completed by the dentist in Colorado Springs in a timely manner.

A Final Note from the Dentist in Colorado Springs

If performed in time, says the dentist in Colorado Springs, root canal therapy can be done to save an infected or severely damaged tooth from the need to be extracted. This in turn saves patients the expenses associated with having dental implants placed. Just remember: you should never ignore an oral complaint or dental pain. Tooth loss can start with something as seemingly harmless as a surface cavity. Make sure you visit the dentist in Colorado Springs once every six months and schedule an appointment immediately should you ever suspect your oral health to be at risk!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ask Pueblo Dentists: Your FAQ About Root Canal Therapy, PART 2

This three-part article series takes an in-depth look at root canal therapy; what it involves, what patients can expect and how it can help save an infected tooth from requiring extraction.

In our previous article post, courtesy of Pueblo dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull, we began answering some of the questions frequently asked about root canal therapy. “What is root canal therapy?”; “What necessitates it?”, and “Does the procedure hurt?” were all common concerns addressed in Part 1. In this article, the second installment of a three-part series, we shall continue to address more FAQs, beginning with an in-depth account of what having root canal therapy involves.

FAQ 4: What is the procedure involved in having root canal therapy?

Answer: When tissue in the rest of the body becomes infected or diseased, the body simply sloughs off the dead or affected cells and forms new ones, say Pueblo dentists. Your teeth, on the other hand, are incredibly unique structures in that the tissue inside them is completely encased by a hard and protective crown. This makes it impossible for the body to deal effectively with infection and disease. As a result, it is up to external intervention by skilled and qualified Pueblo dentists to repair the tooth if it is to be saved and the need for dental implants avoided.

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The procedure involved here begins with the filing away of a portion of the tooth structure to expose its infected internal spaces (the pulp chamber and root canals). The Pueblo dentist, under the effects of a local or general anesthesia (depending upon the number of teeth requiring therapy and the complexity of the case) will completely remove the dead and infected pulp from the inside of the tooth. The canal areas are then carefully shaped and cleaned to render the risk of secondary infection at an absolute minimum. Your Pueblo dentist will finally fill and seal the canal space using exceptionally strong and impervious dental cement.

In cases where a large portion of the tooth structure has gone missing as a result of accidental trauma, or has been required to be removed due to extensive decay, Pueblo dentists may place a titanium post or screw in the canal space to provide ‘anchorage’ for a ceramic dental crown or ‘cap’. This restoration is carefully fabricated to be virtually indistinguishable from any natural healthy tooth, say Pueblo dentists. Furthermore, its durability enables patients to eat all the foods they love without discrimination.

FAQ 5: How do I know if I need root canal therapy?

Answer: Only a qualified and experienced Pueblo dentist will be able to tell you whether the procedure you need to get your oral health back on track is root canal therapy. However, there are certain signs and indications that point towards an infected and decayed tooth; signs that should not be ignored if you are to save the tooth and avoid the need for dental implants. If you ever notice any of the following symptoms in any combination, immediately make an appointment with your Pueblo dentist. Only timely treatment will prevent the affected tooth or teeth from being lost and the need to have them replaced with dental implants:

  • Tooth Ache: Most notably, an infected pulp chamber or root canal/s presents with pain, says the Pueblo dentist. This can range in intensity, but as a rule peDental implantsrsistent tooth ache, whether it’s mild or intolerable, should never be ignored.
  • Prolonged Sensitivity to Temperature Extremes: If biting into a cold ice cream or sipping on hot coffee causes unusual sensitivity of a tooth or several teeth; you should schedule an appointment with your Pueblo dentist to make sure that there aren’t more sinister problems behind your symptoms.
  • Tooth discoloration: Tooth decay causes the natural color of the tooth crown to change from pearly white to dark yellow, brown, gray and even green. Seek immediate attention from your Pueblo dentist if you want to avoid tooth loss and the need for dental implants.
  • Swelling and tenderness in the nearby gums: The body’s natural response to infection is inflammation and swelling, say Pueblo dentist.

Pueblo Dentists: Stay Tuned…

For more frequently asked questions about root canal therapy and how it can save you from needing dental implants, stay tuned for the final installment of this three-part article series, courtesy of qualified and experienced Pueblo dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ask Colorado Springs Dentists: Your FAQs About Root Canal Therapy, PART 1

 
This three-part article series takes an in-depth look at root canal therapy; what it involves, what patients can expect and how it can help save an infected tooth from requiring extraction.

Colorado Springs dentists
There are very few things that are as resilient and durable as a natural tooth, say Colorado Springs dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull. They can withstand decades of grinding, incising and even neglect and abuse. But your pearly whites are far from invulnerable. It only takes a single unfortunate accident, a cavity or deep fissure to compromise the health of one or more of your teeth. And when this happens, root canal therapy can be all that stands between keeping your natural tooth and having it extracted and replaced with implant teeth. In this three-part article series, Colorado Springs dentists will be addressing some of your frequently asked questions about the procedure that literally saves teeth; root canal therapy.

FAQ 1: What is root canal therapy and how can it save me from needing implant teeth?

Answer: Root canal therapy is a procedure used to eliminate bacterial infection and decay that is affecting the internal structure of the tooth; the pulp chamber. Root canal therapy, say Colorado Springs dentists, is designed to save teeth that have become so damaged or decayed that they would otherwise require extraction and replacement with implant teeth.

FAQ 2: What might cause one to need a root canal?

Answer: Think back to those biology classes on the anatomy of tooth structure…
Beneath the hard outer layer of the tooth crown, the enamel, and the softer dentine, lies the vulnerable heart of the tooth, explain Colorado Springs dentists. It is here that the delicate Implant teethcollection of nerves and blood vessels responsible for keeping the tooth ‘alive’ are housed. Now, at any given moment, our mouths are teeming with bacteria. Most of these micro-organisms are harmless, and in fact, even essential in the maintenance of good oral health, say Colorado Springs dentists. But there are many opportunistic pathogens that, if given the chance, will colonize, causing infection and decay. Opportunity can come in the form of a cavity, crack or deep fissure in the tooth structure caused by either accidental trauma or poor oral hygiene. With direct access into the tooth, bacteria can cause an infection of the pulp chamber, which would otherwise cause the tooth to die and eventually fall out. Root canal therapy, explain Colorado Springs dentists, is a procedure designed to eliminate this infection and in doing so, prevent the necessity of extraction and replacement with implant teeth.

FAQ 3: Does root canal therapy hurt?

Answer: The question asked most frequently by patients! It is of course the priority of Colorado dentistsColorado Springs dentists to ensure that a patient’s experience is as pain and anxiety-free as possible. As such, measures including the use of sedative medication and anesthesia are used to render a root canal therapy painless. If you are particularly worried about the pain – which is a very common concern according to Colorado Springs dentists – remember this: an infection of the pulp chamber of the tooth is incredibly painful. After all, this is where all the nerves of the tooth are housed. So the discomfort you experience prior to having root canal therapy is really the worst part of it all, say Colorado Springs dentists! The actual procedure is always carried out under local or general anesthesia (depending upon the complexity of the case), so you need not worry about pain and discomfort.

Colorado Springs Dentists: Stay Tuned…

For more frequently asked questions about root canal therapy and how it can save you from requiring implant teeth, stay tuned for the second installment of this three-part article series, courtesy of qualified and experienced Colorado Springs dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ask Your Colorado Dentists: About Routine Professional Cleanings

This article provides an overview of a professional oral cleaning and what the importance of receiving such preventative healthcare is.

Breaking news from Colorado dentists: “You don’t actually have to brush all of your teeth, just the ones you want to keep!

Unfortunately, health tends to be one of those things we take for granted. In our youth, we indulge our whims freely without much thought of consequences. It is only as we get older that the first signs of aging remind us that we are indeed mortal and need to look after ourselves if we are to lead a long and healthy life. Your teeth and gums are an integral part of what makes your smile beautiful, say Colorado dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull, which in turn plays a fundamental role in attraction. And yet, the maintenance of proper oral health and hygiene is, in most cases, neglected. You should not only be brushing and flossing every single day, say Colorado dentists; you should also be coming in for professional examinations and cleanings every six months. In this article, we shall be explaining what ‘prophylaxis’ is and the importance it plays in preserving a healthy and youthful smile and in preventing the need for implant teeth.

Colorado Dentists: About Prophylaxis

Colorado dentists‘Prophylaxis’ is really the technical term for routine cleanings that are carried out by dental hygienists or Colorado dentists. These sessions are primarily designed to remove accumulations and deposits of harmful oral bacteria, otherwise known as plaque and tartar, from the surface of the teeth. Why is this necessary when a toothbrush is designed to do exactly the same thing? The important difference between home oral hygiene routine and prophylaxis is that the latter is thorough in its removal of bacteria. The bottom line, explains Colorado dentists, is that brushing and flossing only goes so far in combating the bacteria that cause oral ailments such as gingivitis and periodontal (gum) disease; ailments that in turn cause tooth loss and the need for implant teeth. A professional teeth cleaning removes soft and hard deposits of bacteria (plaque and tartar respectively) beneath the gum line and between the teeth before it has a chance to cause infection. A professional cleaning also effectively treats inflammation, pain-free, with the use of an ultrasonic instrument.

Colorado Dentists: What You Can Expect from a Professional Clean


Beyond the thorough removal of bacteria from those hard-to-reach places in the mouth, Colorado dentists also strive to send patients home with a more sophisticated understanding of what it takes to preserve great oral health and avoid ever needing implant teeth. There are three fundamental components to this:

  1. Home oral hygiene: Your session in the dentist’s chair will include instructions on how to brush and floss properly.
  2. Nutritional analysis: Your diet is pivotal to your general and oral health. With advice from Colorado dentists, you can change the eating habits that could lead to the early demise of your teeth, which would see you requiring the placement of implant teeth!
  3. Risk assessment: Your risk for gum disease and cavities will also be assessed. Certain medications, lifestyle habits and even your medical history can heavily influence your risk of oral infection, disease and tooth loss. Even pregnancy and menopause render women more susceptible to oral infection, say Colorado dentists. By understanding the risks, you can take the necessary precautions to prevent infection, tooth loss and the need for implant teeth.

A prophylaxis may also include Implant teetha fluoride varnish, which is highly effective in preventing decay in both children and adults, say Colorado dentists. It may also include the placement of dental seals; strong tooth-colored, plastic cement in regions of the tooth crown that contain deep, but natural fissures and creases, such as in chewing surface of the molars. This prevents bacteria from establishing a foothold in these hard-to-reach places. In conjunction with a thorough home oral hygiene routine, these measures can keep your teeth and gums in excellent lifelong condition, say Colorado dentists, Dr. Rogers and Dr. Bull!